News last update:6 Aug 2012

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 Brazil.

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 1997.

Related websites:
The Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee  

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