Australia assesses GM sugar cane tests
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has concluded that proposed field tests of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant sugar cane pose “negligible” risks to health or the environment. The sugar cane research and development company, BSES (Brisbane), applied to test up to 6,000 lines at six research stations on a maximum area of 26 ha ( Agrow No 570, p 18). The tests would be conducted between November 2009 and November 2015. The OGTR’s risk assessment and risk management plan is open to public comment until October 14th.