Australia OKs Monsanto GM cotton lines
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has granted commercial clearance for Monsanto's genetically modified insect-resistant Bollgard III cotton and its insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant Bollgard III x Roundup Ready Flex cotton. The OGTR proposed the decision earlier this year (Agrow No 685, p 24). 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.