December 12, 2008
Brazil's biosafety regulator CTNBio has given the nod to commercial planting of a genetically modified (GM) corn developed by Dupont Inc. and Dow Chemical Co.
The Herculex corn variety is insect resistant and tolerant to glufosinate ammonium.
This is the sixth GM variety of corn approved for commercial planting in Brazil.
The first ones were developed by Bayer and Monsanto, cleared in late 2007. The next corn season will see genetically modified types produced for the first time.
Independent grain analyst Celeres said they are expected to account for 6.7 percent of the total planted area in the first season.