Australia OKs Bayer's TwinLink cotton test
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has concluded that a proposed field test of Bayer CropScience’s genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant TwinLink cotton poses “negligible” risks to health or the environment. The company plans to test the cotton on one site of under 0.4 ha in New South Wales in 2008-09. The original application cited a 0.1 ha site ( Agrow No 549, p 18). The cotton is tolerant to Bayer’s herbicide, Liberty (glufosinate-ammonium), but there are no plans to apply the herbicide to the crop. The OGTR’s risk assessment and risk management plan is open to public comment until November 19th.