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Australia proposes two Monsanto GM cotton approvals

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator is proposing the commercial release of two of Monsanto's genetically modified cotton products: its insect-resistant Bollgard III and its insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant Bollgard III/Roundup Ready Flex cotton. Bollgard III combines the established Bollgard II (MON15985), which produces the Bt Cry1Ac and Cry2Ab toxins, with Syngenta's COT102, which produces the Vip3A toxin, for the control of lepidopteran pests. Roundup Ready Flex (MON88913) is tolerant to glyphosate herbicide. The application was made last year (Agrow No 675, p 20).



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