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Another GM aubergine trial halted in Philippines

The Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry, the government agency that regulates field trials of genetically modified crops, has halted a second field trial on GM insect-resistant Bt aubergines, reports newswire Scidev.net. Approval for the trials being conducted at the Visayas State University (Baybay) was suspended along with that for those at the University of the Philippines (Mindanao). Trials at the latter location were uprooted in December on orders of the mayor of the Philippine city of Mindanao ( Agrow No 607, p 22). The reason for the suspension in both cases was given as a failure to post a Public Information Sheet at the City Hall. There are reportedly seven trials under way in the country. The approvals could be reinstated once requirements are met, Scidev reports.

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