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Australia approves GM safflower tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from the government research body, the CSIRO, to field test genetically modified safflowers with elevated oleic acid levels. The OGTR had previously concluded that the planned tests posed negligible risks to human health or the environment. The tests are due to be conducted at up to 60 sites between February 2015 and August 2019 over a cumulative area of 850 ha.



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