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New glyphosate-tolerant soybean trait release slated for 2009

DuPont this week completed U.S. regulatory submissions for approval of the Optimum GAT trait in soybeans, paving the way for commercialization of soybean products containing the trait by 2009.

The Optimum GAT trait provides a glyphosate-tolerance soybean seed that company officials say improves crop safety and expands weed control options. It is a proprietary herbicide-tolerance trait that DuPont plans to commercialize in corn, cotton and other crops, following its 2009 introduction in soybeans.

Currently, more than 180 million acres in the United States are treated with glyphosate annually, including 90% of soybean acres.

The trait, company officials say, is the first-ever agricultural trait developed through proprietary DuPont gene shuffling technology.

DuPont has submitted regulatory information on the Optimum GAT trait to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this fall.

DuPont this week completed U.S. regulatory submissions for approval of the Optimum GAT trait in soybeans, paving the way for commercialization of soybean products containing the trait by 2009.

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