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Australian university seeks to test GM chickpeas

The Australian Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane) has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to conduct field tests on genetically modified chickpeas.

Australia Stress tolerance & Yield

Australian rice area slashed

The area planted with rice in Australia in the 2018/19 summer season is expected to plunge by 75% to 15,000 ha, according to the latest forecast by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). 


Industry welcomes rebound in APVMA performance

The Australian industry association, CropLife Australia, has welcomed the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority's (APVMA) latest quarterly figures for the assessment of pesticide registration applications, which show a return to 2014/15 levels. 

Australia APVMA

Australia approves Monsanto/Bayer GM canola tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved a request from Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) to conduct field tests of genetically modified dicamba herbicide-tolerant canola.

Australia OGTR

Argentina and sponsors call for adoption of gene editing cooperation

Argentina has presented a “declaration” advocating the adoption and harmonised regulation of gene editing at the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland.

Argentina Brazil

APVMA improves performance in 2017/18

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) completed 63% of pesticide product registrations within statutory timeframes in the 12 months to June 30th 2018, according to its latest annual report. 

Australia APVMA

Australian university seeks to test GM wheat

The Australian University of Melbourne has applied to the country's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to field test genetically modified wheat with altered iron uptake, transport and bioavailability.

Australia Altered content

Eden/Sipcam agree Australia/NZ distribution deal

UK company Eden Research (Cirencester, Gloucestershire) has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Sipcam-Oxon for Eden’s biofungicide, 3AEY, in Australia and New Zealand.
Sipcam Oxon Deals

Australian study shows second site of glyphosate resistance

The Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) has confirmed a second target site for glyphosate herbicide resistance independent of the established target site. 


Australia Research

New Zealand mulls biocontrol agent

The New Zealand government research organisation, Scion, has applied to the country’s Environmental Protection Authority for the release of the parasitoid wasp, Eadya daenerys, for the biological control of eucalyptus tortoise beetles (Paropsis charybdis) on eucalyptus trees.
New Zealand Biopesticides

Australia debuts new labelling against 2,4-D drift

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has introduced new labelling for the phenoxy herbicide, 2,4-D, aimed at reducing the risk of spray drift damage.
Australia APVMA

South Australia to review GM crop ban

The government of the Australian state of South Australia has appointed economist and agriculture policy analyst Emeritus Professor Kym Anderson to undertake an independent review of the state's moratorium on genetically modified crops.

Australia Policy & Regulation
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