After the triple approval of the Argentine biotechnological system for HB4 wheat, farmers from different countries of the world celebrated the arrival of this new technology that gives the cereal tolerance to water stress and salinity.
Through publications on their social networks, producers from different continents asked for the possibility of planting these varieties and, without ignoring their transgenic condition, they considered that they should not have problems for their production.
From the other side of the planet, Bill Crabtree from Australia also congratulated Bioceres, the Rosario-based company that drove the development, adding: “We are with you and hope we can bring you (the wheat) to Australia soon, we just need someone from your country to partner with us. ”
From Belgium, Dirz Inze added his support. “The HB4 gene confers resistance to drought in wheat. Good job from Bioceres in Argentina. With the drought that increasingly affects agriculture in Europe, these resistant varieties are excellent, but unfortunately the legislation is preventing it, ”he declared.
The endorsement of the Secretariat of Food, Bioeconomy and Regional Development, of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Nation was published this Friday in the Official Gazette and completed the series of authorizations that had been provided by the National Service of Agrifood Health (SENASA), and the Commission National of Biotechnology (CONABIA).
This first transgenic variety of cereal in the world was achieved from the introgression of a sunflower gene. It was a discovery by Dr. Raquel Chan, a researcher at the Universidad del Litoral and Conicet, and the Bioceres Group developed it through the Rosario Agrobiotechnology Institute (Indear) SA, in a public-private collaboration that has been going on for more than 15 years.
The varieties are developed by Trigall Genetics, a joint venture between Bioceres and Florimond Desprez of France, one of the world’s leading companies in wheat genetics.
In this context, although the commercialization of the seeds is conditioned by the Government to also be approved by the Brazilian health authorities, the news transcended the borders of Argentina and was valued by producers from all over the world “Argentina obtained the approval of the transgenic wheat. As a producer, I want to sow it; As a marketer, I don’t want to come up with something our clients don’t want; As a consumer, I like it. A plant with 50,000 chromosomes versus another with 50,001 is not a problem ”, highlighted Kevin Duling, a farmer from Oregon (United States).
His compatriot Dan Lakey expressed himself in a similar vein: “I love technology if our customers approve of it. We need a better tool to combat weeds through rotations ”.
The news also had repercussions in India: Channa Prakash, from Bombay, celebrated that “Argentina is the first country to approve GM wheat resistant to drought.”
In Russia, André Sizov joined in the congratulations: “Today is a great day for agriculture! Argentina approves the first wheat GMO- HB4 is a variety resistant to drought, thanks to a gene from our friend the sunflower. This could help producers in many regions, not in the EU and the Black Sea region, where GMOs are banned, ”he remarked.
Finally, Luis De Stéfano from Peru was encouraged to project that “soon we will be importing GMO wheat.” “Very good for Argentine farmers,” he said.