Strategic Diagnostics releases new GMO tests

by Emily Wilson
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Strategic Diagnostics Inc. announced it has developed new, faster tests to detect the Roundup Ready herbicide-tolerant trait in soybeans and the Cry9C StarLink insect-resistant trait in corn.

The new rapid tests will provide grain handlers, terminals and elevators a faster method to detect genetic modifications in grain supplied to meet U.S., European and Asian regulations, the company said.

The new Roundup Ready test provides results in less than three minutes, does not require refrigeration and is shelf stable. In addition, the test can be used to detect the Monsanto herbicide trait NK603 in corn.

Strategic Diagnostics’ new Cry9C test now provides results in five minutes, the company said. Approved by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the tests do not require refrigeration and can be purchased directly from Aventis Crop Science or through Strategic Diagnostics.