UK approves GM potato trials
The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has approved an application by the UK Leeds University to conduct research trials on genetically modified potatoes resistant to potato cyst nematodes ( Globodera pallida and G rostochiensis). The application was reviewed by the independent expert group, the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, which was satisfied that the trials “will not result in any adverse effect on human health or the environment”. The trials will be conducted on a plot of up to 1,000 m 2 near Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, and will involve a maximum of 4,000 plants. They will be carried out between May 1st and November 30th this year. The University received a similar approval from the DEFRA in 2008 ( Agrow No 546, p 12).