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Nufarm targets DHA canola in 2018

Nufarm's seed subsidiary, Nuseed, aims to commercialise genetically modified canola producing the long-chain omega-3 oil, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), in 2018 provided that key development milestones and regulatory protocols are met. The project is moving into full development pre-regulatory stages with field and laboratory trials, the company points out. Late last year, a research collaboration involving Nuseed achieved a significant milestone with the production of canola producing DHA oil levels equivalent to those found in fish. Nuseed entered into the collaboration with the Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation and the CSIRO in 2011 (Agrow No 615, p 31). "If we are successful, we estimate that 1 ha of the DHA canola will deliver the equivalent amount of DHA oil that can be extracted from 10,000 fish," says Dr James Petrie, senior scientist with the CSIRO's Food Futures Flagship.

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