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Australia OKs GM cereal tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has concluded that proposed small-scale field trials on over 200 genetically modified wheat and barley lines pose negligible risks to human health or the environment. The application to test 292 wheat lines and 41 barley lines came from the research organisation, the CSIRO. It originally applied to test 232 wheat and 41 barley lines ( Agrow No 624, p 16). The cereals have been modified for disease resistance and output traits such as altered grain composition, nutrient utilisation and stress tolerance. The tests would be conducted between May 2012 and June 2017 on a maximum of 2.3 ha per year. The OGTR’s risk assessment and risk management plan is open to public comment until January 16th 2012.

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