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MS TECHNOLOGIES AND BAYER RECEIVE CHINESE APPROVAL FOR BALANCE GT SOYBEANS
Source: MS Technologies news release

MS Technologies and Bayer have received import approval from China for Balance GT soybeans. The new Balance GT Soybean Performance System will combine industry-leading genetics with a double herbicide-tolerant trait that will confer tolerance to glyphosate and isoxaflutole, the active ingredient in the new Balance Bean herbicide. The Balance GT Soybean Performance System will benefit soybean growers by providing high-yielding genetics and protection against a variety of broadleaf weeds and grasses.

This is a significant milestone in the Balance GT approval process, moving the new soybean trait closer to commercialization for our soybean producers. Balance GT has already received approvals from critical countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the European Union and the United States. Balance Bean herbicide is pending EPA registration. The Balance GT Soybean Performance System will not be commercially available until the system has received all required regulatory approvals.

"We are thrilled to have received approval from China - a key country in the process of bringing this technology to the market. Balance GT will truly improve the future of farming through its high-yielding genetics and control over glyphosate-resistant weeds," said Joseph Merschman, president of MS Technologies.

MS Technologies and Bayer have been collaborating for more than a decade to commercialize new herbicide-tolerant technologies for soybeans, starting with the LibertyLink system in 2009. Balance GT will mark the second collaboration for the two companies and will provide a strong alternative to current weed management options.

Balance GT will be broadly licensed throughout North America. In upcoming years, Balance GT is expected to evolve into a triple-stacked herbicide-tolerant soybean, Balance GTLL, providing tolerance to glyphosate, Balance Bean and Liberty (glufosinate-ammonium).

About MS Technologies
MS Technologies LLC is a leading trait, technology and soybean genetics provider. MS Technologies LLC feature a portfolio of in-house traits, as well as wide access to other traits and technologies through collaborative agreements with other parties. Follow MS Technologies on Twitter, visit our Facebook page or view our website.

Bayer: Science For A Better Life
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2015, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of EUR 46.3 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.3 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to www.bayer.com.


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