APHIS Approves New GE Cotton Variety

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the deregulation of Bayer CropScience’s cotton variety genetically (GE) engineered for resistance to the herbicides glyphosate and p-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD)-Inhibitors such as isoxaflutole. APHIS determined that “this variety of GE cotton is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk to agricultural crops or other plants in the United States.” The new crop technology will offer farmers with a new mode of action in dealing with weeds that have developed resistance to other herbicides.

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