New Zealand to test more GM onions?
The New Zealand Institute for Crop and Food Research (ICFR) has applied to the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) to field test genetically modified onions, leeks and garlic. The vegetables would be modified for pest and disease resistance, herbicide tolerance and various quality traits. The ICFR plans to conduct the tests on a 2.5 ha site over ten years. Some plants would be allowed to flower but the Institute would use cages to prevent insects carrying pollen outside the site, it says. The ERMA approved a ten-year ICFR study on glyphosate-tolerant onions in 2004 ( Agrow No 439, p 14). The authority has invited public submissions on the latest application to be made by May 26th, with a public hearing likely to be held in July.