Brazil OKs Bt Corn

Brazil’s National Biosafety Committee (CNBS) has ratified a decision authorising sales of corn containing Syngenta’s Bt11 (Bacillus thuringiensis) trait for fall armyworm and sugarcane borer control.


“We are very pleased to have obtained this approval which will enable us to play a leading role in the introduction of new corn technology in Brazil,” says Davor Pisk, chief operating officer of Syngenta Seeds. “The launch of Bt11 corn this year will expand Syngenta’s broad-based offer encompassing seeds, traits, seed care, and crop protection and will enhance the competitiveness of Brazilian growers.”

Syngenta’s Bt11 is already approved for cultivation in a number of countries including Argentina, Canada, Philippines, the U.S., and South Africa, and has import approval for the European Union.