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BASF delays herbicide-resistant rice for one year

(March 26, 2001 --Cropchoice news) -- Clearfield's herbicide-resistant rice won't be available for about a year instead of this spring. At least that's what Clearfield Systems' parent, BASF, told AgWeb.com last week.

BASF is holding back on commercialization of Clearfield rice, which is resistant to the herbicide NEWPATH, because of consumer "sensitivities." It is working to assure consumers and the industry that it will have worldwide regulatory approval before it markets the rice, whose herbicide resistance is the result of traditional plant breeding techniques.

While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opened the gates to production of CLEARFIELD rice by granting NEWPATH a two-year time limited food tolerance on March 5, Canada requires that rice grain go through its feed and food approval process. This probably won't happen until the 2002 season. Canada already has authorized CLEARFIELD wheat, corn and canola.

Source: AgWeb.com