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India approves two GM field trials

The Indian Genetic Approval Committee (GEAC) has approved two field trials of genetically modified insect-resistant crops. Approvals have been given to: the National Research Centre for Sorghum (NRCS – Hyderabad) for confined field trials on two sorghum lines containing the Bt Cry1B gene (NRCSCRY 1B event 4 and NRCSCRY 1B event 19), between January and May this year; and Bayer CropScience for event selection trials on 41 Bt rice lines expressing the Cry1Ab, Cry1Ca and glufosinate tolerance genes at the company’s R&D centre in Hyderabad between December 2008 and April 2009. Last year, the GEAC approved field trials by Bayer on 28 Bt rice lines during the autumn season (Agrow No 555, p 22).

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