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China grants import approval for Syngenta's GM corn seed trait

6:01 AM MST | December 22, 2014 | Natasha Alperowicz

Syngenta today announced that it had received a safety certificate for its Agrisure Viptera trait (MIR162) in genetically modified corn from China’s regulatory authorities, formally granting import approval for the MIR 162 corn. The approval covers corn...


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Global Bioenergies succeeds in making bio-sourced propylene

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Bayer outlines R&D plans, applies for nearly 500 life sciences patents

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Global Bioenergies to scale up butadiene production by direct fermentation of glucose

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Bristol-Myers Squibb to build large biologics plant in Ireland

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Virent, PlantPET Technology Collaborative sign expression of interest on plant-based p-xylene

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