Virus-resistant GMO pinto bean could cut crop losses in Brazil by 40% or more

| September 3, 2019
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Brazilian farms are expected to begin planting a transgenic [pinto] bean resistant to the main crop disease in October, and could be on dinner tables in early 2020, according to the …. Brazilian Agricultural Research Company (Embrapa ), a state institution under the Ministry of Agriculture.

The commercial launch of the variety developed by the state agency after 15 years of research that cost around $3.5 million has already divided industry representatives, for fear of negative reactions from consumers concerned about food safety.

According to Embrapa, the human and animal food safety of [the] beans has been demonstrated by several studies during the commercial release process …. which confirmed that its composition is equivalent to that of other common bean cultivars grown in Brazil.

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Resistant to the golden mosaic virus

The [GMO] seed is resistant to the golden mosaic virus, a disease that attacks the common bean and can cause losses of 40% to 100% of the production, depending on the degree of infestation of the whitefly that transmits the virus.

[Editor’s note: This article was translated and lightly edited for clarity.]

Read full, original article: Transgenic virus-resistant bean will reach Brazilian dishes in 2020

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