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Australian tests for GM disease-resistant bananas

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has received an application from the Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane) to test genetically modified disease-resistant bananas. The University aims to test 151 GM banana lines on a 1.5 ha site in the Northern Territory between November 2010 and November 2014. The bananas have been modified with a number of genes from plants, insects, a nematode and a virus to confer resistance to wilt ( Fusarium oxysporum f sp cubense) and black sigatoka ( Mycosphaerella fijiensis). The OGTR expects to issue a risk assessment and risk management plan in October.

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