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UK approves GM wheat trial extension

The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has approved the extension to this autumn of field trials on genetically modified insect-resistant wheat being conducted by UK-based research centre Rothamsted Research (Harpenden, Hertfordshire). The approval came after the independent Advisory Committee of Releases to the Environment concluded that the trial would have no adverse effect on human health or the environment. The GM lines are resistant to aphids by utilising an aphid pheromone alarm system and trials for two years were initially authorised in 2011 (Agrow No 626, p 11). The trials were vandalised last year but the attacks failed to disrupt the experiment (Agrow No 641, p 13).

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