Australia to OK import of GM carnations
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) concludes that the import of genetically modified carnations would pose negligible risks to human health or the environment. The Australian company, International Flower Developments (Budoora, Victoria), applied to import the carnations, which have been modified to produce mauve, purple or violet flowers and contain a marker gene conferring tolerance to sulfonylurea herbicides. The plants are cultivated in Ecuador and Colombia and have been authorised for import into North America, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and the EU. The OGTR's risk assessment and management plan is open to public comment until September 2nd.