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US Department of Agriculture Grants Approval For Bayer’s GlyTol Cotton Technology

Following the approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has also approved Germany-based Bayer CropSciences' GlyTol cotton technology. Cotton varieties with the GlyTol trait were found to be tolerant to the herbicide glyphosate.

Bayer plans to familiarize US growers with the features, benefits, and the varieties of the new technology. The company initially plans to offer two high-yielding Gly Tol cotton seed varieties that are ideally suited to the Southwest region of the country. Varieties suited to other cotton-growing regions will be introduced in the coming years.

Monty Christian, Director of global cotton marketing, Bayer CropScience, said: “We are comprehensively preparing for a commercial launch of GlyTolTM in the United States in 2010.”

Bayer Cropscience is a German cropscience company engaged in the business of crop protection, non agricultural pest-control (environmental science), seeds and plant biotechnology.