China has officially approved imports of a genetically modified (GM) Bayer CropScience Ltd soybean variety after seven years of review, Bayer said on Friday [19 December 2014], raising expectations that approval notices could come soon for other biotech crops. Bayer received an import certificate from China, the world’s top soybean importer, for its LL55 Liberty Link variety and plans a full commercial US launch of the seed next year…Full Article: Taipei Times Dec 2014

Key Point

  • According to Bayer’s Director of US Soybean Operations, farmers in the southern US will likely plant LL55 soybeans on anywhere from 80,900 hectares to 121,400 ha in 2015.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2010, China approved imports of Bayers’ A2704-12 Liberty Link soybeans (GM herbicide tolerance). In the past, China has approved imports of Bayer produced GM corn, cotton, and rapeseed.

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