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Plant Biotechnology Patent Watch Q3 2017

During the third quarter of 2017, a total of 48 patent applications from 26 different assignees were published covering genetically modified plants and methods of producing them.
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Argentine Senasa OKs three GMOs as safe for food and feed

Argentina has approved a further three unnamed genetically modified crops as safe for use in food and feed.

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Brazil MPs hold economic impacts of GMOs debate

Several Brazilian companies are developing genetically modified crops with a focus on tolerance to drought and flooding, due to climate change, on disease, insect and nematode resistance, and to improve productivity or nutritional value.
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US FDA wants input on GMO education initiative

The US FDA will convene two meetings next month to take advice from the public about how to spend $3 million to educate people about the benefits of genetically modified crops and the potential impacts of further applications of biotechnology to food and agricultural production.

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Australia mulls GM safflower commercialisation

The Australian company, GO Resources (Melbourne, Victoria), has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to commercialise genetically modified safflower with elevated levels of oleic acid.
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Australia mulls GM ryegrass tests

The Australian state of Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has applied to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to conduct small-scale field tests on genetically modified perennial ryegrass. 
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Australia to OK Nuseed’s GM DHA canola

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) concludes that the proposed commercialisation of Nufarm seed subsidiary Nuseed’s genetically modified canola with improved fatty acid content poses negligible risks to human health and the environment. 
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USDA OKs Calyxt alfalfa line

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed that an alfalfa (lucerne) line being developed by French genomics company Cellectis’ US plant science subsidiary, Calyxt (New Brighton, Minnesota), and US seed company S&W Seed (Sacramento, California) is not a regulated article under genetically modified crop rules. 
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Verdeca gains US FDA OK for HB4 soybeans

The Verdeca joint venture between US agricultural biotechnology company Arcadia Biosciences (Davis, California) and Argentine soybean development consortium Bioceres (Rosario) has received notification from the US Food and Drug Administration that it has completed a full review of the company’s safety evaluation for its genetically modified stress-tolerant HB4 soybeans. 
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Canada OKs Innate II potatoes

US agribusiness company J R Simplot has received approval from Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for its second-generation genetically modified Innate potatoes. 
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EFSA clears new DNA data on two GM soybeans

New DNA sequencing information on two genetically modified herbicide-tolerant soybean lines, Monsanto’s Roundup Ready and DuPont’s Optimum GAT (305423), does not change their previous positive EU safety assessments, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
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Turkey OKs GMOs for use in feed

Turkey has approved three genetically modified soybean lines and one maize line for use in feed.

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