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Australian university seeks to test GM cereals

The Australian University of Adelaide has applied to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator to field test genetically modified wheat and barley with tolerance to abiotic stress. It wants to test up to 1,161 GM wheat lines and 1,179 barley lines expressing 35 introduced genes from various sources providing tolerance to salinity, drought, cold and nutritional stress. The tests would take place at three locations in South Australia and Western Australia on up to 0.75 ha per season between June 2010 and December 2015. The OGTR expects to issue a risk assessment and risk management plan in April.



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