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Iran plans GM crop approvals

Iran intends to release several new genetically modified crops in the next five years. They include insect-resistant Bt cotton, sugar beet and alfalfa, and herbicide-tolerant canola, the president of the Biosafety Society of Iran, Dr Behzad Ghareyazie, told a UN FAO conference. The country already permits the planting of Bt and herbicide-tolerant rice lines. The first plantings of Bt rice came in 2005, marking the country’s entry into the GM crop markets and becoming the first to plant GM rice of any kind ( Agrow No 488, pp 14-15). Approval of the first variety, Tarom Molaii, came the year before ( Agrow No 462, p 18). Dr Ghareyazie spoke at the FAO’s e-mail conference on GMOs in the pipeline: “Looking to the next five years in the crop, forestry, livestock, aquaculture and agro-industry sectors in developing countries”.

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