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Australia approves GM cereal tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from the research organisation, the CSIRO, to test more than 200 genetically modified wheat and barley lines. The OGTR previously concluded that they posed negligible risks to human health and the environment ( Agrow No 630, p 20). The CSIRO plans to test 292 wheat lines and 41 barley lines on up to 2.3 ha per year between May 2012 and June 2017. The cereals have been modified for disease resistance and output traits such as altered grain composition, nutrient utilisation and stress tolerance. Products derived from the cereals may be used in small-scale animal and human nutrition tests, the OGTR notes.

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