Australia OKs GM disease-resistant banana tests
The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has concluded that proposed field tests of genetically modified disease-resistant bananas pose “negligible” risks to health or the environment. The Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane) plans to test up to 17 GM banana lines on a 1.4 ha site between July 2008 and April 2010. Up to 16 of the lines would contain a gene from the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, to confer disease and stress resistance ( Agrow No 536, p 16). The OGTR’s risk assessment and risk management plan is open to public comment until June 18th.