Brazil to trial GMO sugarcane on about 1,000 acres this year

March 5, 2018 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that around 100 sugar mills are set to plant nearly a thousand acres of GMO sugarcane this year as the first commercial trials of the technology get underway. The Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira has been working for more than a decade to develop a cane variety resistant to cane borer. The pest costs the domestic sugarcane industry about $1.5 billion annually. The CTC thinks the cane could be planted on as much as 1.5 million hectares in the next three years.

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