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More NZ tests for herbicide-tolerant pines

The New Zealand Forest Research Institute (FRI - trading as Scion) has applied to the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) to field test genetically modified herbicide-tolerant pine trees. The trees have also been modified with various output traits such as wood density and stability. The trials would be conducted in collaboration with ArborGen Australia at a 4 ha site in Rotorua. They are scheduled to run for 25 years, but each tree would only be grown for eight years. The application is open to public comment until October 6th. The FRI received ERMA approval to field test herbicide-tolerant pines in 2000 ( Agrow No 368, p 24).

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