According to 20/20 Seed Labs Inc., it has been formally approved to provide zygosity testing for licensed Monsanto events in canola and soybean. Qualified events include RT73 and MON88302 in canola; 40-3-2, A19788, and A92205 in soybean.
These new services support breeder work to develop new seed varieties and can be performed on single seed or single leaf samples.
â€śThey complement and expand on our existing portfolio of tests for GM detection in bulk seed samples,â€ť says Sarah Foster, 20/20 Seed Labs president. â€śAlready available services encompass a wide range of different crop types and include general screens for GM content and event-specific detection.â€ť
The complete suite of GM tests represents four years of work to date on in-house test validations and participation in outside proficiency monitoring. Foster explains that the depth of services allows 20/20 Seed Labs to support varietal development, registration, crop certification and end-users.
â€śAnd we arenâ€™t done yet,â€ť she says, noting that more crops and events await their turn to be added.
All available GM test services are performed by 20/20 Seed Labs Inc. on behalf of Lynx Diagnostics Inc., the companyâ€™s molecular services partnership with Sweden-based ScanBi Intertek. Access to some test services is restricted to IP licensees.
For Inquiries, contact Sarah@2020seedlabs.ca.