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DuPont completes FDA, USDA registration for new weed control trait

DuPont announced this week it has completed regulatory submissions for its Optimum GAT trait in corn to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The company also announced it is on track to complete its submission to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency later this year.

The trait was created to provide farmers with new weed control options. This includes the ability to incorporate complementary ALS herbicides offered by DuPont Crop Protection into a glyphosate program.

The Optimum GAT trait is a proprietary trait with herbicide tolerance that DuPont plans to commercialize first in soybeans by 2009, pending regulatory approval. The company completed U.S. regulatory submissions for approval of the trait in soybeans in 2006. DuPont also plans to commercialize the trait in other crops.

The Optimum GAT trait is the first-ever agricultural trait developed through proprietary DuPont gene shuffling technology.

The Optimum GAT trait is licensed to Syngenta for use in corn and soybeans. It will also be cross-licensed through GreenLeaf Genetics, a joint venture between Syngenta Seeds and Pioneer to out-license genetics and seed technology to other U.S. and Canadian seed companies.

DuPont announced this week it has completed regulatory submissions for its Optimum GAT trait in corn to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The company also announced it is on track to complete its submission to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency later this year.

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