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Existing agbiotech traits continue global march

An Erratum to this article was published on 07 May 2012

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Developing countries grew close to 50% of the world's transgenic crops, with China, India, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa contributing 44%. A total of 16.7-million farmers used transgenic seed last year, up from 1.3 million in 2010. Stacked-trait crops continue to show rapid growth. Very few novel traits were deregulated, but Brazilian authorities did approve a virus-resistant bean. Europe witnessed the lowest number of field trials since 1991, when records began.

Global area by transgenic trail

Global area of transgenic crops by country

EU transgenic crop field trials

Historical global area and value of transgenic crops

Transgenic crop adoption rate in the US

Transgenic crop and/or traits receiving approval

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  • 07 May 2012

    In the version of this article initially published, in the Table ‘Transgenic crop and/or traits receiving approval’, Syngenta was credited with product MON 87460-4. Monsanto owns MON 87460-4. The error has been corrected in the HTML and PDF versions of the article.

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Marshall, A. Existing agbiotech traits continue global march. Nat Biotechnol 30, 207 (2012).

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