Chile has become one of the main global players in seed production for counter-season markets and research purposes. Chile has a key role contributing to the reduction in seed production shortages in the Northern Hemisphere by speeding up the development of new hybrids, cultivars, and genetically modified (GM) organisms.
The seeds that Chile produces for export include a considerable amount of GM seeds. Science-based regulations have allowed Chile to play a pivotal role in the development of global agricultural biotechnology. Between 2009 and 2018, 1,081 different seed-planting events were undertaken for seed multiplication and/or research purposes.
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Every single event that had commodity cultivation status in 2018 in at least one country underwent field activities in Chile at least once over the last 10 y. Chile just adopted a regulatory approach for new plant breeding techniques. This type of regulatory approach should contribute to maintaining the status of Chile as a hot spot for future innovation in plant breeding-based biotechnology.