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NZ GM pine trials destroyed

A field trial of genetically modified pine trees at Rotarua, New Zealand has been completely destroyed by vandals, reports the NZ Herald. The trial, involving 375 radiata pine trees, some of which have been modified for herbicide tolerance, was being run by the Crown Research Institute, Scion. It puts the damage caused at NZ$400,000 ($328,000) and says that the loss will set back a study into herbicide tolerance and reproductive development by at least a year. Prominent anti-biotech group, GE Free NZ, has denied responsibility for the attack. The trials were approved in December 2010 ( Agrow No 607, p 22).

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