Glyphosate-N-acetyltransferase expression in genetically modified
plants may lead to detoxification of the glyphosate agent. This is
brought about by the transfer of an acetyl group from acetyl CoA to
the secondary amine group of glyphosate.
The resulting N-acetylglyphosate does not have the ability to
inhibit the activity of the EPSPS enzyme, and the genetically
modified plants are able to grow despite glyphosate treatment.