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New Zealand approves GM onion tests

The New Zealand Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has approved a series of field tests on genetically modified onions, leeks and garlic. Among the conditions imposed by the Authority is containment with insect-proof cages to prevent the escape of pollinators. The ERMA had previously concluded that the tests posed negligible risks ( Agrow No 549, p 18). The New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research will conduct the tests on a 2.5 ha site over ten years. It will assess pest and disease resistance, herbicide tolerance and quality traits.

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