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TITLE:  BRAZIL, CHINA TO COOPERATE IN DEVELOPING GENETICALLY-MODIFIED CASSAVAS

SOURCE: Xinhua, China

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URL:    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-03/28/content_11088088.htm

DATE:   28.03.2009

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BRAZIL, CHINA TO COOPERATE IN DEVELOPING GENETICALLY-MODIFIED CASSAVAS

RIO DE JANEIRO, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Brazil and China signed this week an agreement on cooperation in researches to develop genetically-modified cassavas, announced the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) on Friday. The agreement aims to develop cassavas that contain more glucose and less starch which can be used in the production of ethanol, the Embrapa said in a statement. Embrapa, which is considered as one of the world?s leading institutions in the development of genetically-modified species, has a cassava germplasm bank, which has over 500 varieties of cassava. Embrapa expected cooperation with the Chinese side to help it advance in the project to obtain the cassava?s genetic sequence. The two sides started negotiations on the agreement in October when Embrapa President Silvio Cretana visited Beijing.


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