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Monsanto seeks Australian GM pima cotton OK

Monsanto has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) for the commercial introduction of genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant Roundup Ready Flex pima cotton ( Gossypium barbadense). It was produced by conventional breeding of the established Roundup Ready Flex cotton ( G hirsutum) and unmodified G barbadense. Pima cotton accounts for only 1% of cotton grown in Australia, being mainly produced in western New South Wales. The OGTR approved the original Roundup Ready Flex cotton in 2006 ( Agrow No 491, p 19). It expects to issue a risk assessment and risk management plan for the pima cotton version at the end of April 2013.

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