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Low risk of GM cane cross-pollination in Brazil

Brazilian researchers say there is virtually no risk of cross-pollination from genetically modified sugar cane in key southern sugar cane regions, national media report. Scientists from various national research centres carried out more than two years’ work on GM sugar cane production. They found that the risk of pollen spreading, leading to reduced plant diversity is “practically zero” in southern Brazilian cane regions as the cane does not flower, “unlike what happens in some parts of the north west”. The researchers are from, among other agencies, the agricultural research corporation, the Embrapa, and the Sao Paulo Instituto Agronomico, the IAC. The work is to be published in the US publication Tropical Plant Biology. Brazil has only approved small-scale trials of the crop, including a herbicide-tolerant Roundup Ready line ( Agrow No 559, p 2).

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