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Australia to audit agchem levy programme

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is to carry out an audit of industry levy payments received for sales of agrochemicals and veterinary medicines. 
Australia APVMA

Australia/New Zealand review NBTs

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has begun a review to consider whether foods produced using new breeding techniques (NBTs) should require pre-market approval like those produced using gene technology. 
Australia New Zealand

Australia OKs Syngenta GM cotton line

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved Syngenta’s genetically modified insect-resistant COT102 cotton. 
Australia Input Traits

Australia approves Nufarm’s DHA canola

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved Nufarm seed subsidiary Nuseed’s genetically modified DHA canola with improved fatty acid content. 
Australia Output Traits

Herbicide resistance stable in Western Australia

Preliminary data from weed analysis in Western Australia show that herbicide resistance in wild radish (Raphanus raphanistrum) and annual ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) has “not increased dramatically” since 2010. 
Australia Herbicides & PGRs

New Zealand mulls grass biocontrol agent

The New Zealand Environmental Protection Authority is considering an application to release the rust fungus, Uromyces pencanus, as a biological control agent against Chilean needle grass (Nassella neesiana).
New Zealand NZ EPA

Asia 2017: Rising exports and glyphosate prices boost Chinese industry

China’s pesticide industry overcame two difficult years of export declines by recording a 17.1% rise in pesticide exports to $4,850 million during the first nine months of 2017 compared with the same period during 2016.

Asia Pacific Australia

Australia OKs GM buffalo grass tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) concludes that proposed field tests on genetically modified buffalo grass (Stenatophrum secundatum) pose negligible risks to human health and the environment.
Australia OGTR

CSIRO gains RNAi technology patent in Brazil

The Australian government research organisation, the CSIRO, has received a patent in Brazil covering the downregulation of the expression of genes including those of insect pests and disease agents. 
Australia Brazil

APVMA commits to performance improvements

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has committed to a range of improvement measures recommended in a recent independent review
Australia APVMA

Australia/NZ OK Golden Rice imports

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has approved the import of the genetically modified rice line, GR2E (also referred to as Golden Rice).

FSANZ Australia

Australia/NZ to OK MON88702 cotton imports

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) proposes to allow the import of food containing Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant MON88702 cotton. 
Australia New Zealand
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