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Australia approves CSIRO GM cotton tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application from the government research body, the CSIRO, to conduct small-scale field tests on genetically modified cotton with improved fibre quality. The OGTR previously concluded that the tests posed negligible risks to human health or the environment. The tests will be conducted at the Australian Cotton Research Institute (Narrabri, New South Wales) on up to 1 ha per year between October 2016 and May 2019.


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