SUBMISSION OF OBJECTIONS BY THE AFRICAN CENTRE FOR BIOSAFETY (ACB)
The application is for a general release permit to allow the commercial sale and growing of a new transformation event MON88913, also known as Roundup Ready Flex cotton. The new RR Flex variety ostensibly provides increased tolerance to glyphosate compared to the current product, Roundup Ready cotton line 1445. Use of MON 88913 will enable the application of Roundup agricultural herbicide over the top of the cotton crop at later stages of development than is possible with line 1445. Monsanto intends to release the new variety, RR Flex during October/November 2006, in Mpumalanga/Limpopo provinces, and will include both irrigated and dryland cotton plantings.
1. The notifier claims that there are no wild relatives of cotton in South Africa (5.5 of the application). It has come to our attention that this is not the case and we have a concern that we have been misled by the notifier’s claims in this regard. There are about 39 species of Gossypium. They are found worldwide in the tropics and warm