Argentina is set to commercialize the first drought and salt tolerant
soybean in 2019. This is an important step towards combating the increased
risk of drought globally because of global Warming.
The gene responsible for the new technology is HB4, which is applicable not
just in soybeans but also in wheat. The drought resistant soybean seeds were
developed by splicing a drought resistant sunflower gene into a soybean
seed. The drought tolerant soybeans were tested in the field for three years
and results showed that they are as nutritious as conventional soybeans,
will not be toxic to animals or humans, and have no negative effect on the
environment. The seeds were developed by Rachel Chan, a scientist from the
National Scientific and Technical Research Council and professor at the
National University of Litoral. The seed is owned by Bioceres.