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Australia OKs Bayer's GM cotton tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has concluded that proposed small-scale field tests of Bayer CropScience’s genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant cotton pose negligible risks to human health or the environment. The company plans to test the cotton on up to six sites in New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland. It originally sought tests on up to four sites in two states ( Agrow No 629, p 24). They would cover a cumulative total of 78 ha over three years. The events involved remain confidential but all but one of the 11 lines have been subject to OGTR-approved trials. A risk assessment and risk management plan is open to public comment until March 26th.

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