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Australia approves Bayer's GM cotton tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from Bayer CropScience to conduct field tests on genetically modified insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant cotton. The cotton expresses the Bt Cry1Ab toxin from event T304-40, Cry2Ae (GHB119) and Vip3Aa19 (COT102) for the control of lepidopteran pests and GlyTol (GHB614) for glyphosate tolerance and LL25 for glufosinate tolerance. The OGTR previously concluded that the tests posed negligible risks to human health and the environment.  Field tests on up to 120 ha in the first two years and 600 ha in the following four years are due to be conducted between July 2015 and July 2021.

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