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Australian tests for GM sugar cane

The Australian sugar cane research and development group, BSES (Brisbane), has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to field test genetically modified herbicide-tolerant sugar cane. BSES wants to test 6,000 lines containing two unspecified herbicide tolerance genes from an unnamed bacterium and a common plant species. The tests would take place at six research stations in Queensland on a maximum area of 26 ha between November 2009 and November 2015. They would be the first field tests of these lines. The OGTR plans to issue a risk assessment and risk management plan in September 2009.

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