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Argentina first to market with drought-resistant GM wheat

A high-end coffeehouse chain and an agbiotech in Argentina have joined forces to offer consumers products baked with the first approved drought-resistant GM wheat. The agreement between Bioceres Crop Solutions, located in Rosario, and a maker of perennially popular Latin American cookies or ‘alfajores’, Havanna, will offer consumers in Brazil and Argentina goods with a…

A luxury coffeehouse chain and an agbiotech in Argentina have combined forces to provide consumers products baked with the first accepted drought-resistant GM wheat. The arrangement between Bioceres Crop Solutions, located in Rosario, along with a maker of perennially popular Latin American cookies or’alfajores’, Havanna, provides customers in Brazil and Argentina goods with a reduced environmental footprint which the purchaser can track utilizing blockchain technology. Back in October 2020 the nation’s Ministry of Agriculture approved the transgenic HB4 drought-tolerant wheat for expansion and consumption, making it the first nation to embrace HB4 technology for this particular harvest. The drought-resistance technology was developed by Trigall Genetics, a joint venture between Bioceres as well as the French team Florimond Desprez. In field trials conducted within ten years, HB4 seed varieties increased wheat yields by around 20percent during growing seasons influenced by drought. Federico Trucco, CEO of Bioceres, states:”Importantly, our HB4 technology does not translate into higher costs for consumers, making sustainable foods widely accessible.” HB4 technologies derives from initial findings from Raquel Chan, a CONICET researcher at the Universidad Nacional del Litoral, that characterized the hahb-4 gene, a sunflower transcription factor induced by water shortage that modulates the expression of several hundred genes. The resistance to water pressure conferred by hahb-4 isn’t associated with early stomatal closure, a plan pursued by other people that proved unsuccessful.

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