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Feb 24, 2010

China - GM Phytase Corn May Take 3 Years for Approvals Before It Reaches The Market

BusinessWeek reports that it may take up to three year before farmers received the gene-modified (GM) phytase maize seeds that have been approved by the Chinese government.

China is one of the world's largest grain producers.  It has recently approved two types of GM crops - phytase maize and BT rice.  Both have passed all of China's registration requirments. 

Huang Dafang, director of Biotechnology Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences issued a statement today that it may take "the legal processes ... at least three years to complete."  Meaning that the seeds may not be available for commercial plantings for another three years.

The new GM phytase corn engineers phytase into the corn variety genome, allowing the animals that will each it to better process phosphate.  This will reduce phosphate waste produced by animals and released into the environment by an estimated 40%.

For more see: “China May Take Three Years to Allow Sales of Gene-modified Corn ,” BusinessWeek, 24 Feb. 2010.

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