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EPA Approves DuPont ‘In-the-Bag’ Corn Seeds

11:03 AM MDT | May 10, 2010 | Rebecca Coons

DuPont says it has received EPA approval for its Optimum AcreMax 1 refuge-in-a-bag corn hybrid seeds. It is the first EPA approval for an “in-the-bag” solution to fulfill EPA’s requirement that 20% of the corn farmers plant not include an insect protection trait to deter corn pests from developing resistance to biotech traits. Planting a separate “refuge” of corn seeds is time-consuming and reduces yields, DuPont says. Optimum AcreMax 1 products integrate 90% Pioneer-brand hybrid seed containing the Herculex XTRA traits for insect protection and 10% of...

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