Florigene seeks US deregulation for blue roses
Japanese company Suntory’s Australian subsidiary, Florigene (Melbourne, Victoria), has applied to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for deregulated status for two genetically modified hybrid roses. The GM lines, IFD–52401–4, and IFD–52901-9, have an altered flower colour derived from the expression of transgenes from pansies (Viola spp) and wishbone flowers ( Torenia spp) that produce blue pigments. The APHIS has concluded that the GM plants are unlikely to pose a plant pest risk. The APHIS is inviting public comments on the petition, and on plant pest and environmental risk assessments for the flowers. The deadline for submissions is June 13th.