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Monsanto to Acquire Central America’s Largest Seed Company
Expects Deal to Expand Hybrid Corn business
June 19, 2008
Fort Mills Times, SC
ST. LOUIS — Monsanto Co. plans to acquire Marmot S.A., which operates Central America’s largest corn seed company, Semillas Cristiani Burkard. Terms were not disclosed, and it wasn’t immediately clear when the deal would be finalized.
Monsanto says the acquisition solidifies the St. Louis-based company’s position as the leading corn seed provider in the Latin American and Central American regions, and will enable Monsanto to provide new higher-yielding corn seed offerings to farmers.
SCB is based in Guatemala City and focuses on hybrid corn seed production, particularly corn, sorghum, forage sorghum, soybeans, and pastures or grass-type seeds. SCB is also a distributor of Seminis vegetable seeds, a product of Monsanto’s vegetable seed division.
The following GMO database (Biotrack Product Database) is taken from the OECD Website.
Here is the disclaimer from the site:
The objective of this database is to allow regulatory officials in the OECD member countries to easily share basic information on products derived from the use of modern biotechnology, as well as some products with novel traits acquired by the use of conventional breeding or mutagenesis, that have been approved for commercial application in terms of food, feed or environmental safety.
This database accommodates Unique Identifiers, which are intended to be used as “keys” to access information of each transgenic product in this database. The coding system of Unique Identifiers was developed by the Working Group and has since been recognised as an appropriate identification system of products included in the database of Biosafety Clearing House of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
This database is updated using information provided on a voluntary basis by authorities in OECD member countries and certain institutions that developed these products. Unique Identifiers and relevant information on LMOs are then transferred to the database of the Biosafety Clearing-house (BCH), based on memorandum of corporation between the Secretariat of OECD and the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity.
Unique Identifier is a code of a fixed length of 9 alphanumeric digits for a transformation event derived from recombinant DNA techniques. It is composed of three elements separated by dashes:
- 2 or 3 alphanumerical digits to designate the applicant;
- 5 or 6 alphanumerical digits to designate the “transformation event”; and
- One numerical digit as a verification.
Please consult Revised 2006: OECD Guidance for the Designation of a Unique Identifier for Transgenic Plants for more information.
LMO (Living Modified Organism) has been defined by Article 3 of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety as “any living organism that possesses a novel combination of genetic material obtained through the use of modern biotechnology.”
In the protocol, living organism means “any biological entity capable of transferring or replicating genetic material, including sterile organisms, viruses and viroides” and modern biotechnology means “the application of a) in vitro nucleic techniques, including recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and direct injection of nucleic acid into cells or organelles, or b) fusion of cells beyond the taxonomic family, that overcome natural physiological reproductive or recombination barriers and that are not techniques used in traditional breeding and selection.”
GMO Product Database listed by Affected Organism
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