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France mulls further GM grapevine trials

The French Ministry of Agriculture is undertaking a public consultation on an application to extend field trials of genetically modified fanleaf virus-resistant grapevines. The application was submitted by the national institute for agricultural research, the INRA (Colmar), which began field trials in 2005 ( Agrow No 477, p 12). The trials were destroyed last September ( Agrow No 576, p 12) and the perpetrator was fined €2,000 ($2,720 at the current rate) by a court in Colmar ( Agrow No 581, p 11). The new trials will be conducted on a 9.7 acre (3.9 ha) area of field, of which 0.5 acres would contain GM vines. A total of 1,588 vines will be planted, of which 70 would be GM. The consultation ends on April 30th.

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