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Philippines to commercialise GM aubergines in 2011

The Philippines is in line to become the first country to allow the commercial cultivation of genetically modified fruit and shoot borer ( Leucinodes orbonalis)-resistant aubergines, says the Filipino newspaper, Manila Bulletin. It quotes a manager of the US Agency for International Development-funded Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project as saying that the line is likely to be approved for commercial cultivation next year “barring any unforeseen hindrance”. Trials in the country have been ongoing since 2006, when seeds were imported from India ( Agrow No 496, p 17). India was expected to allow commercial cultivation this year but in March, the Environment Minister put the decision on indefinite hold ( Agrow No 586, p 20).

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