The month of August 2018 saw four countries make approvals for commercial use of biotech crops. In Africa, South Africa maintained lead in adoption of biotech crops by approving two new soybean events improved for herbicide tolerance and modified product quality while Zambia approved for food use, products of biotech maize improved for both herbicide tolerance and insect resistance. Outside Africa, South Korea approved a biotech maize for food use. The stacked event has been modified for herbicide tolerance, insect resistance and abiotic stress tolerance. USA approved DHA canola with modified oil/fatty acid production while the European Union approved two biotech maize events improved for herbicide tolerance and insect resistance for food and feed use.
|August 29, 2018||Zambia approves maize event Bt176 (176) (HT + IR) for food use.|
|August 29, 2018||South Africa approves soybean event MON87705 x MON87708 x MON89788 (HT + PQ) for food, feed, and processing.|
|August 27, 2018||USA approves DHA Canola (PQ) for cultivation.|
|August 20, 2018||South Africa approved soybean event MON87708 x MON89788 x A5547-127 for food, feed, and processing.|
|August 20, 2018||USA approves sugarcane event CTB141175/01-A or CTC175-A (IR) for food use.|
|August 8, 2018||European Union approved maize events MON87427 x MON89034 x NK603 (HT + IR) and TC1507 × 59122 × MON810 × MIR604 x NK603(HT + IR) for food and feed use.|
|August 3, 2018||South Korea approved the maize event MON87427 x MON87460 x MON89034 x TC1507 x MON87411 x 59122 (HT + IR + ST) for food use.|