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The global area planted with genetically modified crops grew by 1% to 191.7 million ha in 2018.
During the second quarter of 2019, a total of 47 patent applications from 19 different assignees were published covering genetically modified plants and methods of producing them.
US cannabis biotechnology company Trait Biosciences (Los Alamos, New Mexico) has generated the first genetically modified hemp plants with a value-added trait.
The USDA has approved Verdeca's genetically modified glufosinate-tolerant and high yielding IND-00410 (also designated as HB4) soybeans.
Corteva Agriscience seed business Pioneer Hi-Bred International has applied to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for deregulation of the genetically modified maize line, DP202216.
The UK's new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has made a call "to liberate the UK's extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules".
During the first quarter of 2019, a total of 38 patent applications from 18 different assignees were published covering genetically modified plants and methods of producing them.
The South American trading bloc, Mercosur, has adopted a mechanism to reduce the adventitious presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) among member states.
EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, has been a vocal opponent of EU efforts to regulate gene-edited crops in the same way as ‘traditional’ genetically modified (GM) crops.
Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are to gain access to genetically modified seeds at reduced cost through the use of royalty-free genes.
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved the Queensland University of Technology's application to conduct field tests of genetically modified chickpeas.
Brazil has provisionally approved Brazilian plant breeder Tropical Melhoramento Genético’s (TMG) drought-tolerant soybeans.
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