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Australia seeks comments on proposed GM cotton approval

Syngenta’s proposed release of its genetically modified insect-resistant COT102 cotton in Australia would pose negligible risk to human health and safety or to the environment.
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Australia/NZ to OK Bayer's GM cotton

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has proposed the approval of food derived from Bayer Crop Science’s genetically modified herbicide-tolerant GHB811 cotton.

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APVMA off target in 2016/17

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) completed just 45% of pesticide registration applications within the statutory timeframes in the 12 months to June 30th 2017, according to its latest annual report.
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Australian university seeks to test GM buffalo grass

The Australian RMIT University (Melbourne, Victoria) has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to carry out small-scale field tests of genetically modified buffalo grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum). 
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APVMA reports “productive” quarter

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) completed 36% of pesticide registration applications within statutory timeframes in the three months to September 30th, which was the first quarter of its 2018 fiscal year.
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APVMA strikes enforcement deal with Accensi

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has entered into an “enforceable undertaking” with the Australian contract agrochemical manufacturer, Accensi, to bring its practices up to the standard expected by the regulator. 
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Australia mulls GM safflower commercialisation

The Australian company, GO Resources (Melbourne, Victoria), has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to commercialise genetically modified safflower with elevated levels of oleic acid.
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Australia approves Nufarm’s Botector

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has approved Nufarm’s biofungicide, Botector (Aureobasidium pullulans strain DSM 14940 + A pullulans strain DSM 14941), for the control of grey mould/bunch rot (Botrytis cinerea) on grapevines. 
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Australia mulls GM ryegrass tests

The Australian state of Victoria’s Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources has applied to the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to conduct small-scale field tests on genetically modified perennial ryegrass. 
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Australia finalises bee protection roadmap

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has finalised its “roadmap” for conducting pesticide risk assessments on honey bees and other insect pollinators. 
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Australia gives all clear in agchem contaminant tests

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has reported a 100% compliance rate for the random testing of agricultural chemicals for contaminants during September. 
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Australia to OK Nuseed’s GM DHA canola

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) concludes that the proposed commercialisation of Nufarm seed subsidiary Nuseed’s genetically modified canola with improved fatty acid content poses negligible risks to human health and the environment. 
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