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Australia OKs GM cereal tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) concludes that planned field tests by the University of Adelaide on genetically modified wheat and barley pose negligible risks to human health and the environment. The plants have been modified for salt, aluminium and drought tolerance, nitrogen use efficiency and micronutrient uptake. The University plans to conduct the tests between June 2014 and December 2019 at five sites in South Australia and Western Australia. The test area would be up to 2.5 ha per season (Agrow No 681, p18). The OGTR's risk assessment and management plan is open to public comment until May 28th.


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