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Chinese GM cotton boosts yields

The genetically modified insect- and disease-resistant cotton, CCRI 60, developed by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences' Cotton Research Institute, is estimated to produce yields of 5,850 kg of seed cotton per ha, and generate pre-frost lint yields over 20% higher than traditional cotton, reports the Chinese newspaper, the Science and Technology Daily. The GM cotton has been developed under the guidance of China's special project 863 for developing GMOs. CCRI 60 is under trial cultivation across over 60 acres (24 ha) in Hebei province. The cotton line is resistant to fusarium wilt as well as insect pests. In 2008-09, the authorities approved 28 lines of insect-resistant GM cotton and they have been sown on a cumulative area of around 7.5 million ha since then ( Agrow No 597, p 23).

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