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EFSA considers novel plant breeding methods

Existing EU guidelines for assessing genetically modified crops will be appropriate for the evaluation of crops derived from the novel plant breeding techniques of cisgensis and intragenesis, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The opinion forms part of a European Commission study of eight new plant breeding techniques. The study has prompted industry concern that any decision to bring the novel methods within the scope of EU GMO legislation will increase registration costs and hamper commercialisation ( Agrow No 616, p 12).

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