News last update:6 Aug 2012

Monsanto seeks approval for new GM soybean

A higher-yielding variety of genetically modified soybeans from Monsanto could be introduced commercially within the next few years, according to the leading biotechnology firm.

Monsanto's second generation Roundup RReady2Yield soybean is currently under review by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has called for public comments after receiving a petition for deregulation of the variety.

According to Monsanto's petition, its new soybean – MON 89788 – can improve crop yields by 4 to 7%, compared to Roundup Ready soybeans. Like the first generation product, the new variety is designed to tolerate Monsanto's herbicide Roundup.

If approval is granted, Monsanto said it expects the new soybean variety to be commercially introduced in 2009. The second generation product would then replace the original Roundup Ready soybean, which would be gradually phased out.

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