Brazil expected to release first variety of GMO sugarcane in 2017

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[Editor’s note: This excerpt was translated from the original Portuguese by Google Translate. It has been lightly edited for clarity.]

The CEO of the Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC), Gustavo Leite, stated that by the first half of 2017, the first variety of transgenic sugarcane will be released commercially. The approval will come from the National Technical Biosafety Commission (CNTBio), which approves all steps of the research and also its commercial use.

“We delivered the dossier for the first genetically modified variety to the CTNBIO at the end of last year …. We imagine that [release will occur] between March and June…” said Leite, In a conversation with Broadcast Agro…. According to the CEO, the first genetically modified varieties will bring the resistance to borer insects.

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The institution develops technologies for the sugar-energy sector and, since 2012, has focused on some technologies that are not developing in the rest of the world, such as genetic improvement, agricultural biotechnology, artificial seeds and cellulosic ethanol.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full post translated into English by Google Translate: Cana transgênica terá uso comercial liberado

Read full post in original Portuguese: Cana transgênica terá uso comercial liberado

  • Robert Howd

    I wonder how much of a problem borer insects are to sugarcane, in the various areas it’s grown? This would influence the rate at which growers may decide to plant the GMO cane in other countries. Interesting for marketing purposes is that sugar cane is propagated through planting a small section of cane, not by seeds, so there is not likely to be control of the market and no continuous income stream to its developer – which may be why the major agro companies haven’t been the leader for this.

  • RobertWager

    The first of a line of GE sugar cane coming to market. Hello @Nestle