Dow two-Bt soybean insect-resistant trait approved

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Inserting the insect-resistant trait event DAS-81419-2 into soybeans to provide a novel insect resistance by soybean plants has received approval or “nonregulated status” from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The deregulation during late April paves the way for the two Bt protein event or trait to be included in soybeans through gene engineering methods and the soybeans sold in the U.S.

The Bt combination is reportedly excellent against lepidopteran pests. The company last October announced, “Extensive research has shown that the company’s trait provides broad in-plant protection against lepidopteran pests such as fall army (Spodoptera frugiperda), soybean looper (Pseudoplusia includes), velvetbean caterpillar (Anticarsia gemmatalis), soybean podworm (Helicoverpa gelotopoeon) and tobacco budworm (Heliothis virescens) as well as Rachiplusia nu.”

In that same news releases, Dow AgroSciences said the trait had a place for inclusion in Enlist soybeans, that are mainly noted as being soybeans resistant to postemerge application of the company’s proprietary 2,4-D choline herbicide. Enlist soybeans are going through the USDA deregulation process at the moment.

“Upon regulatory approvals, the soybean insect-resistant trait will be offered as a stack with the company’s innovative Enlist soybean traits in elite and high-yielding varieties. This integrated solution will provide much-needed insect control as well as tolerance to multiple herbicides for improved weed management, allowing crops to maximize yield in a highly efficient and sustainable manner,” Dow AgroSciences noted.

The U.S. is only one of a few countries where the Bt trait has been submitted for regulatory approval. Dow AgroSciences has said the trait would initially be targeted for commercialization in soybeans for South America where lepidopteran insect pressure can be quite high. Brazil and Argentina are specifically noted as countries that could greatly benefit from new Bt-traited soybeans. The company said it plans to broadly license the technology to regional seed companies in those two countries but wasn’t expecting it to be in South American soybean seed for three to five years.

There has been no timeline for the trait to be incorporated into U.S. Enlist soybeans, but the first Enlist soybeans, possibly approved by the USDA and commercially available as soon as 2015, will not have the DAS-81419-2 event included.

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margaret Jensen    
dunkirk,ny  |  May, 12, 2014 at 08:30 PM

you are all crazy to use pesticides, you are killing us all, you are killing the earth. NO GMO'S either. its all bad. all you care about is $$$$$$$. what will you do when you family gets sick and dies????

United States  |  May, 13, 2014 at 06:51 PM

What is your goal? To have our food made of nothing but herbicide resistant and pesticide genes?

May, 13, 2014 at 07:31 PM

I agree with you. This is why i purchase as little as Possible from groceries. To say nothing about POISONED eggs thanks to these people an Monsanto

IL,USA  |  May, 13, 2014 at 07:36 PM

See what a $ can buy. A complete government an all its working parts. Soon there will be the North American Desert At least Lebanon got to keep a Ceder tree on there flag What will the great North American waist land get to keep ?

michael lopee    
Texas, USA  |  May, 15, 2014 at 08:50 AM

I know, I have heard of the thousands dying across the country from POISONED eggs. Its a scourge that must be stopped. Montsano is the devil for developing pest resistant plants for 3rd world countries to grow their own food more efficiently. Lets go back to 1950. Everything was better then. Gees you people are crazy.

May, 18, 2014 at 08:20 PM

WHY & HOW is putting poison in our food supply helping anyone?? It's all about the money. This whole GMO thing has gotten the green light by the Obama Adm. too. SHAMELESS.

June, 04, 2014 at 04:14 PM Back to basics. BAN GMO. Speak up, Speak Out, Speak Know. United we stand, together we all can make a difference for the better of this country. People helping people.

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