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South Africa works on GM (genetically modified) virus-resistant maize:

South African scientists have developed genetically modified maize streak virus-resistant plants. The team found the GM maize to be "highly resistant to immune" against the disease. The research was conducted at the Institute of Infectious Diseases of the University of Cape Town and the findings were published in the Journal of General Virology. The team are seeking approval for contained field trials, which are to be held at the KwaZulu Natal site of seed distribution company Pannar. The first trial will be "fairly small", at approximately 0.5 ha, Dr Dionne Shepherd of the University told Agrow, at approximately 0.5ha. A total of 50,000 plants/ha will be planted, which includes control plants, she notes. No date has been set yet for the trials.



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