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BASF and Embrapa launch Cultivance Production System

BASF and Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (Embrapa) officially launched the Cultivance Production System, a milestone for Brazilian science, as it contains the first genetically modified soybean fully developed in Brazil.

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Stress tolerance trait completes FDA early food safety evaluation

Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. and Bioceres S.A. announced that Verdeca, their soybean technology joint venture, received notification that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has completed the Early Food Safety Evaluation (EFSE) process for HAHB4, the plant protein responsible for Verdeca’s HB4 stress tolerance trait. Completion of this review is a major milestone in the development of commercial soybean seed products based on the HB4 stress tolerance trait, as well as the development of HB4-based products in other crops.

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Chinese investment group acquires majority interest in Western Potash Corp.

Western Potash Corp. announced that the company received, at the special general meeting of its shareholders held on Aug. 24, 2015, shareholder approval for a transaction pursuant to which Beijing Tairui Innovation Capital Management Ltd. will purchase 238,264,635 common shares at a price of $0.3358 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $80,000,000 (the "Tairui Investment").

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Taking the temperature of water-thirsty plants

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) engineer in Fort Collins, Colorado, is making it easier for growers to determine if their crops are water-stressed. Agricultural engineer Kendall DeJonge is trying to conserve irrigation water by using infrared radiometric thermometers (IRT)—sensors that can determine crop canopy temperatures and subsequently detect crop water stress.

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