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New Zealand OKs cereal biocontrols

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has approved an application for the release of a further 18 strains of the endophyte fungus, Epichloe spp (formerly Neotyphodium spp), to improve resistance of cereal crops to pests and diseases. A public hearing on the application by New Zealand plant technology company Grasslanz Technology (Palmerston North) was held in March. Some 45 strains of the fungus had previously been approved for import and release.


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