Australia approves Monsanto's GM cotton tests
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from Monsanto to test its genetically modified insect-resistant Bollgard III and the insect-resistant and glyphosate-tolerant Bollgard III/Roundup Ready Flex cotton. Bollgard III combines Bollgard II with Syngenta’s COT102 ( Agrow No 586, p 18). Monsanto plans to test the GM cotton lines on up to 1,150 ha between October 2010 and October 2014. The OGTR had previously concluded that the tests pose negligible risks ( Agrow No 592, p 24).