response, India’s government increased 370 inform June 2009, Vol. 20 (6) the minimum support price it provides its cotton farmers by 35 to 45%. India’s production gains are projected to into collaborators before publishing the “We don’t really understand where this come from both increased areas and results. Several labs working in the ABA- decision is coming from,” Kari Matalone, a improved yields. The upward trend in signaling field tested the ABA receptor that spokeswoman for Monsanto, added, point- yield is projected to continue as more Cutler’s group identified and validated their ing out that the corn “had been approved for Bt cotton varieties are approved for results. cultivation in Europe more than a decade cultivation, as varieties are adapted to “Several high-profile papers have tried ago and that no ill effects had been detected a wider range of cotton growing areas, to claim discovery of ABA receptors but since then.” and as utilization rates increase. their research could not stand the test of A joint statement by the German nnn time, and these papers were ultimately with- Science Organisations also expressed con- The American Soybean Association drawn,” said Natasha Raikhel, the director cerns over the ban: (ASA) announced in April that Liberty- of UCR’s Center for Plant Cell Biology, of “The ban poses the danger that Link® soybeans (A2704-12) from Bayer which Cutler is a member. “I believe this unfounded fear could take the place of CropScience received food safety time . . . Cutler and his team have isolated rational scientific information. The minis- approval from the Korean Food and a true ABA receptor.” ter’s comment that the ban is an isolated Drug Administration (KFDA). This final Study results appearedin Science decision on a particular case cannot com- regulatory approval in South Korea (324:1068–1071, 2009). pensate for the negative impact it will have clears the way for unrestricted planting on Germany’s status as a research-friendly in the United States and importation into all major markets for LibertyLink Monsanto sues country and the fact that it is diametrically opposed to future-minded advancement. soybeans, along with Roundup Ready 2 Yield™ soybeans (MON 89788) over Germany’s “For all these reasons, we are fully opposed to any general ban on genetically from Monsanto, which received final GM ban engineered products. We urge politicians to lead a more logical discussion of the topic KFDA regulatory approval on Febru- and to create reliable framework condi- Monsanto Co. (St. Louis, Missouri, USA) ary 27, 2009. has lodged a lawsuit in protest of Ger- tions for research into and scientific con- nnn sultation on the future uses of green genetic many’s decision to ban a variety of the Bayer CropScience AG (Monheim, company’s GM maize, Thomson Reuters engineering.” Germany) announced in April that reported. Cultivation and sale of MON 810 Monsanto’s initial attempt to suspend it intends to consolidate its Euro- maize was banned in the country in April.
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