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Australia approves Bayer's GM brassica trials

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved Bayer CropScience’s planned field tests of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant canola and Indian mustard. The OGTR previously concluded that the tests posed negligible risks to human health or the environment ( Agrow No 596, p 19). Bayer aims to test the crops, together with a hybrid breeding system, on up to 126 ha over 21 sites in South Australia and Victoria. The tests will be conducted between January 2011 and January 2014.

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