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Brazil agency approves cultivation of GMO wheat in the country

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SAO PAULO, March 3 (Reuters) - Brazilian biosecurity agency CTNbio has approved cultivation of a drought-resistant genetically modified wheat in the country, according to a decision published on its website, making Brazil the second country after Argentina to grant such a permission in the world.

The approval request was made by Tropical Melhoramento e Genetica, a partner in Brazil of Argentina's Bioceres BIOX.O, which developed the GMO wheat.

(Reporting by Maximilian Heath in Buenos Aires and Ana Mano Ana Mano in São Paulo; Editing by Steven Grattan)

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