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Biotech's dry spell

GMO crops could thrive in warmer world

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Posted: Sunday, September 23, 2012 12:00 am

WOODLAND, Calif. - The worst U.S. drought in half a century is withering the nation's corn crop, but it's a fertile opportunity for makers of genetically modified crops.

Agricultural biotechnology companies have been pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into developing plants that can withstand the effects of a prolonged dry spell. Monsanto Co., based in St. Louis, has received regulatory approval for DroughtGard, a corn variety that contains the first genetically modified trait for drought resistance.

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  • barbtender posted at 8:19 pm on Wed, Sep 26, 2012.

    barbtender Posts: 253

    Well, next year might be a very wet growing season with related diseases. Best to develop a GMO variety to withstand those diseases. And then flit a coin to see which seeds to plant.