It is the first biotechnological event of resistance to an insect developed for this crop in more than two decades.
Through Resolution 31/2019, the Ministry of Food and Bioeconomy of the Ministry of Production and Labor approved on Wednesday the commercialization in Argentina of a new variety of cotton resistant to an insect called "pink lizard" and whose scientific name is Pectinophora gossypiella .
"To date there are 56 authorizations of approved events in our country since 1991 that the National Advisory Commission on Agricultural Biotechnology (Conabia) was created. Of them, 21 were during years of management of President Mauricio Macri, "said the Secretary of Agribusiness.
The owner of the portfolio, Luis Miguel Etchevehere; together with Basf's Global Ceo, Cristopher Monti, gave details of this new seed.
"Twenty-one years ago we did not approve a technology to protect against insects in cotton, now with this event we have a new mechanism of action to combat the emergence of resistant pest insects," said Etchevehere.
In February, another biotechnological improvement for cotton was already announced: a seed tolerant to HPPD-inhibiting herbicides (such as isoxaflutole and mesotrione) and glyphosate.
This new variety accumulates several previous biotechnological events and its commercial name is GlyTol TwinLink Plus.
It will be marketed by the BASF company, although part of the incorporated technology was licensed to Syngenta.
"This cotton is provided with protection against lepidopteran insects and tolerance to herbicides. In particular, it has protection against the plague insect known as the pink lizard, which became a serious problem when it became resistant against the previous GM technology, which was authorized in 1998, "Agroindustria said.