The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce a new resource to its program handbook addressing cell fusion in seed production.
|Cell Fusion in Seed Production|
In the scientific literature, cell fusion is defined as the fusing of two cells to form a single cell.
In response to inquiries, the NOP developed a policy addressing when cell fusion is considered an excluded method:
- Cell fusion techniques involving recombinant DNA technology or different taxonomic families are considered excluded methods. Seeds produced from these techniques are prohibited in organic production.
- Seeds produced from cell fusion used as part of traditional breeding techniques that do not involve recombinant DNA technology may be used in organic production.
View Policy Memo 13-1
Cell Fusion Techniques Used in Seed Production
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