China publishes draft rules on herbicides for GM crops
China published draft rules on Nov. 26 outlining registration
requirements for herbicides used on genetically modified crops, in
another sign that Beijing is gearing up to allow greater use of GM
technology in agriculture.
The rules include guidelines on efficacy trials for herbicides used on herbicide-tolerant corn and soybeans, according to the statement
on the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs' website.
currently does not permit planting of any GM varieties of major feed or
food crops, though most of its cotton is genetically modified.
month it drafted new rules that lay out requirements for integrating a
GM trait into conventional seed varieties, which was seen by the
industry as a major step towards greenlighting commercial production of
The rules on herbicides are open for comment until Dec. 31.