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Plant Biotechnology Patent Watch (Q2 2018)

During the second quarter of 2018, a total of 45 patent applications from 23 assignees were published covering genetically modified plants and methods of producing them. The plant biotechnology patents were mainly sourced from the US Patent and Trademark Office and other patent offices.
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Dow launches PowerCore Enlist maize in Argentina

Dow AgroSciences (part of DowDuPont) is launching its stacked genetically modified herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant PowerCore Enlist (MON89034xDAS1507xNK603xDAS40278) maize in Argentina.
Argentina Dow AgroSciences

Brazil CTNBio seeks views on Dow GM maize approval

The Brazilian national technical biosafety commission, the CTNBio, has requested opinions on its provisional approval of a stacked five event genetically modified maize.
Brazil CTNBio

Yield10 gains CRISPR licence from DowDuPont/Broad Institute

The US agricultural technology company, Yield10 (Woburn, Massachusetts), has been granted a non-exclusive research licence to CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology by DowDuPont’s agricultural business, Corteva Agriscience, and the non-profit Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Deals DowDuPont

EFSA clears new data on GM carnation

New nucleic acid sequencing data submitted by Japanese company Suntory on a genetically modified carnation line, FLO-40685-2, does not invalidate an earlier positive evaluation for EU approval.
EU Input Traits

EFSA clearance for Herculex/Roundup Ready maize renewal

An application for renewal of the EU approval of a DowDuPont genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant maize line has successfully passed an assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Europe EU

US FWS reverses neonic/GMO ban in wildlife refuges

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reversed its 2014 decision to phase out neonicotinoid insecticides and genetically modified crops from US national wildlife refuges.
United States Insecticides

EU goes ahead with GM crop import approvals

The European Commission has signed off approvals for the import, processing and food/feed use of four genetically modified maize lines and one GM sugar beet line. 
EU Input Traits

USDA criticises ECJ ruling on new mutagenesis techniques

USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue has criticised the European Court of Justice (ECJ’s) recent ruling that new mutagenesis techniques for plant breeding be subject to EU laws on genetically modified organisms.
Europe EU

Brazil CTNBio OKs Dow GM cotton

The Brazilian national technical biosafety commission, the CTNBio, has recommended the approval of a Dow Agrosciences (part of DowDuPont) stacked insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant genetically modified cotton line.
Dow AgroSciences DowDuPont

Court GMO ruling puts EU plant breeding sector at risk, warns industry

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that make up the bulk of the European plant breeding sector have been put at risk by a court ruling that new forms of mutagenesis fall within the scope of EU rules on genetically modified organisms.
Europe EU

USDA OKs Bayer’s GHB811 cotton

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has deregulated Bayer’s Crop Science division’s genetically modified herbicide-tolerant GHB811 cotton. 
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