Phytase corn to be marketed in 2011
Chinese biotechnology company Origin Agritech Ltd. said it will market its phytase corn product for commercial use in 2011.
In November 2009, Origin announced the approval of the first transgenic commercial corn for China.
This GM phytase corn is set for commercial release for the 2011 selling season. The company intends to continue market expansion of this phytase product.
Since late 1990s, Origin has developed its non-GM and GM genetic technology programs both internally and through joint programs with research entities in China.
As a result, Origin has developed traits in corn including phytase, glyphosate tolerance, Bt, drought tolerance, and nitrogen efficiency in various stages of regulatory approval.
No extra phytase needed
Phytase transgenic corn, developed by and licensed from Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (CAAS) after 7 years of study, will allow animal feed producers the ability to eliminate purchasing phytase and corn separately.
Origin’s GMO phytase-producing corn is expected to reduce the need for inorganic phosphate supplements as animals will directly absorb more phosphate from their feed, reducing animal feed’s high cost.
Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Beijing, Origin develops, grows, processes, and markets high quality, hybrid crop seeds to farmers throughout China and parts of Southeast Asia via a network of approximately 3,800 first-level distributors and 65,000 second-level distributors and retailers, and possesses a pipeline of genetically modified seed products including glyphosate resistant corn and Bt Corn.
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