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Australia OKs Victoria GM canola tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from the state of Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to test up to ten lines of canola that have been genetically modified for increased yield and delayed leaf senescence. The canola contains the isopentenyltransferase gene from the soil bacterium, Agrobacterium tumefaciens. The gene is involved in cytokinin biosynthesis. The DPI plans to test the GM canola lines on up to 0.8 ha per season at two sites in Victoria between August 2010 and May 2012. None of the GM plant material will be used for food or feed. The OGTR had previously concluded that the tests posed negligible risks.

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