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Brazil Approves First Commercially Available GM Sugarcane

In December, 2016, Gustavo Leite, Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC) CEO, stated that the first variety of transgenic sugarcane would be released commercially in the first half of 2017.

Six months later, as reported by Reuters on June 8, 2017, it’s here.

Reuters also reports that the variety of genetically engineered sugarcane approved “is resistant to the insect Diatraea saccharalis, known locally as ‘broca-da-cana’ (cane borer)” and that this variety of GM cane contains the Bt gene widely used in other crops including corn, cotton, eggplant, potato and yet to be commercially available tomato and soybean. Read More