Buenos Aires, September 3rd. Everything is ready to host the major conference about the seed business in the Americas. From Monday 9th to Thursday 12th, the Seeds Association of the Americas (SAA) will run its summit in Buenos Aires. “There will be three axes in this summit”, the chairman of the Argentine Seed Association (ASA), Alfredo Paseyro, tells to eFarmNewsAr. One of them will be intellectual property rights; the second the seed commerce and finally, the new breeding technologies, he explains.

Starting from the end, gene-editing will occupy a large part of the time in this conference. From the Agriculture Technology National Institute (INTA), Sergio Feingold will talk about how public institutes in the Americas are approaching to the use of gene-editing, while the Bioheuris COO, Carlos Perez, will address about how a start-up is developing new products using this technology. Bioheuris is a scientific-based ag-tech which is developing herbicide-resistant crops using gene-editing and currently is opening offices in Saint Louis (US) biotech hub.

But large companies also will address the audience on this topic. Marc Cool, from Corteva US, will talk about how these kind of companies are evaluating these technologies to incorporate to their products. From the Davis University of California, its research and business coordinator in genomics, Chilean Alvaro Castro, will explain the uses, benefits and opportunities that gene-editing generates for the seed industry.

But we recommend the conference of Mr. Roger Salameh, a former official from Arcadia Bioscience and currently VP of Commercial Development from Benson Hill Bio. He will talk about the licensing aspects of the gene-editing tools and commercial access to these technologies.

And the viewing of the farmers on the gene-editing technology will be taken by the president of the Argentine No-Till Farmers Association (Aapresid), Alejandro Petek. Finally, all these innovations end in the hands of the farmers, and they are who will accept or approve them when they buy the seed bags.

The international commerce of seed is another topic in the agenda of the SAA summit. “We will focus on the commerce of treated seeds, which could be an issue when chemicals are not approved in the importer country”, Paseyro explains to eFarmNewsAr.com. Consultant Gustavo Idigoras will kick off the debate talking about seed commerce in general, and officials from global companies will detail how seed treatments could be an opportunity or a threat for commerce. In this panel, Juan Farinati from Bayer (Argentina), Christian Pflug from Corteva (Brazil) and Archivaldo Salvador from Syngenta will discuss the issue.

Finally, the Intellectual Property Rights will occupy a featured place on the agenda. Unfortunately, Argentina will not be able to exhibit a new Plant Breeders Act on this occasion. The law in force dated from 1973 and the industry have pushed a new and modern one, but the lack of consensus across the political arch, and, even, between the farmers’ unions drove to that the amendment of the law is frozen in the National Congress.