Brazil approves Monsanto's corn borer trait
The Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee
(CTNBio) approved Monsanto's MON 810 insect protection event, known in the
United States as YieldGard(R) Corn Borer, for future commercial use in corn in
The regulatory process in Brazil is a multi-step
process, and while other steps are still required, the Committee's decision
brings the technology closer to reality for Brazilian farmers.
Access to yield benefits
"We're pleased with the
decision of CTNBio," said Brett Begemann, Executive Vice President of
International Commercial for Monsanto Company. "While more regulatory reviews
remain ahead, we can look forward to providing Brazilian farmers with access to
the yield benefits of our trait technologies in combination with our
higher-yield seed offerings." Begemann adds, "These same technologies have
helped other growers increase their productivity and profitability for more than
ten years in countries around the world, including Argentina."
Protection against corn borer
Corn is the third most planted
crop in the world and Brazil ranks third in the world based on harvested area.
Corn hybrids that include the MON 810 event express a naturally occurring
protein called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt, that helps the corn plant protect
itself from feeding damage caused by harmful insects, including corn borer.
Using biotechnology traits to help the plant protect itself from insect damage
helps farmers increase yields and reduce the application of pesticides.
The MON 810 trait was first introduced in the United States in
The Brazilian National Biosafety Technical
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