• Staff
  • Board of Directors
  • Contact Us

Meridian Institute

Embrapa Aims to Have GM Cane Certified for Commercial Use in Five Years

Summary posted by Meridian on 2/15/2012

Source: Agra-Net (7 February 2012)

Author(s): n/a

EMBRAPA, Brazil's state-owned agricultural research agency, expects to field test sugarcane that has been genetically engineered to resist drought in two years and may have it certified for commercial use by the National Biosafety Technical Commission in five years, says Eduardo Romano, coordinator of the EMBRAPA research project. Romano said that Monsanto, Syngenta, and Bayer are also developing varieties of genetically modified (GM) sugarcane but that EMBRAPA plans to sell its GM sugarcane at lower prices, to ensure that is affordable for small farmers. Romano cited the example of China, where he said that the government developed its own varieties of GM cotton, after which he said multinational seed companies were forced to reduce their prices in order to compete. The article can be viewed online at the link below.

The original article may still be available at http://www.agra-net.com/portal2/home.jsp?template=newsarticle&artid=20017937588&pubid=ag134

As tagged by Meridian Institute:

Stakeholders: Government

Regions: Latin America and CaribbeanAsia

Topics: Product development

Food Security and AgBiotech News

  • Changing Global Diets Is Vital to Reducing Climate Change

    University of Cambridge (1 Sep 2014) (9/2/2014)

    According to a new study, published this week in Nature Climate Change, food production – if current trends continue – will reach, and possibly exceed, the global targets for total greenhouse gas emis... more

  • Cancer Deaths Double in Argentina's GMO Agribusiness Areas

    The Ecologist (24 Aug 2014) (9/2/2014)

    According to this article, a report by the Argentinean Ministry of Health has revealed that deaths from cancerous tumors are double the national average in areas of the country where genetically engin... more

  • Water 'Thermostat' Could Help Engineer Drought-resistant Crops

    Science Daily (27 Aug 2014) (9/2/2014)

    Researchers at Duke University, United States, have identified a gene, OSCA1, which could help scientists engineer drought-resistant crops. The gene encodes a protein in the cell membrane of plants th... more

  • Brazil Considers Transgenic Trees

    Nature (27 Aug 2014) (8/28/2014)

    Brazilian regulators are evaluating whether or not to commercially release a genetically engineered eucalyptus tree; a decision could come as early as the end of the year. There are currently no genet... more

  • New Study Charts the Global Invasion of Crop Pests

    University of Exeter (28 Aug 2014) (8/28/2014)

    A new study from the University of Exeter, United Kingdom, finds that many of the world’s top crop-producing countries will be inundated with pests by the middle of the century if current trends conti... more

More News


Really, read some more.