Latin American GMO Powerhouse Brazil Expands Portfolio of Crops With Intro of New Herbicide Resistant Soy
Daniel Norero | September 9, 2015 | Genetic Literacy Project
Brazil’s latest home-developed genetically modified soybean is expected to be planted in the coming months after gaining formal approval in August. The new GM variety is tolerant to herbicides of the imidozolinone class. Beans are as ubiquitous on Brazilian dinner plates as corn tortillas are in Mexico.
The culture system was developed over 20 years of technical cooperation between Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA), a state owned company affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, and the private sector. The transgenic soybeans are paired with an herbicide designed to control broad-spectrum of narrow and broadleaf weeds. The agrochemicals can be applied from the initial planting until the early stages of plant growth.