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Hexima seeks Australian GM cotton tests

The Australian biotechnology company, Hexima (Melbourne, Victoria), has applied to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to conduct small-scale field tests of genetically modified disease-resistant cotton. It expresses a fungal resistance gene, NaD1, derived from ornamental tobacco, for the control of Fusarium spp and Verticillium spp wilt diseases. The company plans to test the cotton on up to four sites in Queensland and New South Wales on a total area of 1 ha. The tests would be conducted between October 2011 and July 2014. The OGTR plans to issue a risk assessment in June. It approved similar tests in 2006 ( Agrow No 503, p 13).

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