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BASF Progresses Rust Prevention

4:19 AM MDT | March 12, 2009 | Alex Scott

BASF says it is progressing well with its development of genetically engineered soybean species that are designed to be resistant to soybean rust, a fungus that has the potential to significantly damage crops. The first varieties of soybean resistant to the rust fungus will be available on the market in the next few years, the company says.   BASF’s plant biotechnology is based on the transfer of genes from plants that are able to resist the fungus. “These modified soybean plants have a strengthened cell wall at the site of the fungal attack so...

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