By Tom Polansek, Reuters, with clarification by Rich Keller, editor, AgProfessional
China has officially approved imports of a genetically modified Bayer CropScience soybean variety after seven years of review, the company said on Friday, raising expectations that approval notices will come soon for other grains.
Syngenta is not ready to comment officially about settling lawsuits related to the marketing of Agrisure Viptera seed, which resulted in China rejecting U.S. corn shipments, but there is speculation that settlements might happen if China follows through with importing such corn in the near future. Yet law firms have announced they are expanding class-action lawsuits against Syngenta to include farmers in more states.
Industry sources and analysts said China's change of heart was down to a warmer political climate between Beijing and Washington since the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum last month, where the two announced a joint plan to limit carbon emissions and made breakthroughs on eliminating duties on technology products.
New research by Steve Penfield, Ph.D., from the John Innes Centre has found that 'mother' plants remember the seasons and use this memory to teach their seeds the time of year and tell them when they should germinate.
Chinese authorities have informed some agriculture industry officials that the government has approved U.S. imports of a type of genetically modified corn that has sparked lawsuits against seed maker Syngenta AG, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg.
By Alexander Lindsey, Peter Thomison, Rich Minyo and Allen Geyer, Ohio State University
Ohio producers have begun using drought-tolerant corn hybrids that were developed for use in the Western Corn Belt to manage for drought events, but limited research has been conducted on these hybrids in the Eastern Corn Belt.