Soya to grow with 2,4-D

Crops genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) to resist Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup (glyphosate) aren’t the only GM crops designed to be grown with weedkiller. GRAIN tells us about a new such crop. It’s a soya (soybean, Glycine max) designed to be grown with a weedkiller called 2,4-D. The chemical and biotech giant Dow sells 2,4-D in several weedkillers, including one called Frontline.

The new crop, not yet licensed for release, is made by Dow. It doesn’t seem to have a brand name yet, being called by the not-catchy name ‘event DAS-44406-6’. For now I’ll call it Frontline Soya.

[Edit] There’s irony, intentional or not, in the warlike name of the weedkiller Frontline. 2,4-D was an ingredient in Agent Orange. That was sprayed on vegetation and trees during the Vietnam War and some people’s health is still affected by it.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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3 Responses to Soya to grow with 2,4-D

  1. EqFe says:

    2,4-D Isn’t that Agent Orange?

  2. Pingback: A GM soya for Europe? | Science on the Land

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