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Australian test for virus-resistant alfalfa

The Australian state of Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has applied to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to carry out a small-scale field test of genetically modified white clover. The clover expresses an alfalfa mosaic virus coat protein gene to confer resistance to the disease. The DPI plans to test the alfalfa at a single 633 m 2 site in New South Wales between March 2009 and August 2011. The OGTR expects to issue a risk assessment and risk management plan in October 2008. The DPI has carried out previous tests on the GM alfalfa line on plots of up to 4 ha.

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