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US Court rules on CRISPR patent dispute

A US appeals court has ended a legal dispute over the patent rights to the gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9.
United States Legal

Agrow Awards 2018 shortlist released

The finalists for the Agrow Awards 2018, the tenth instalment of the coveted awards, have been revealed with the release of this year’s shortlist.
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Australia approves Nuseed’s GM canola tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved Nufarm seed subsidiary Nuseed’s application to field test genetically modified herbicide-tolerant and altered oil content canola. 
Australia Nufarm

Brazil's GMO adoption hits over 90% for maize and soy

The adoption of genetically modified crops has been growing in Brazil with near saturation for soybeans and becoming dominant in cotton.
Brazil Output Traits

EU Ombudsman grants access to info on proposal for national GM food/feed bans

The European Commission was guilty of maladministration when it refused to grant public access to documents used in its proposal to allow national bans on the use of EU-approved genetically modified crops, food and feed, says European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly.
Europe EU

Petition started against EU court ruling on breeding techniques

A petition has been started for immediate review of the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) court ruling that new mutagenesis techniques are subject to EU laws on genetically modified crops.
Europe EU

Australia/New Zealand air views on NBTs

Views are divided on the risks or safety of food derived from new breeding techniques (NBTs) and the need for pre-market safety assessment, according to a preliminary report by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
Australia New Zealand

Existing plant products at risk from EU court ruling on breeding techniques

The European food and feed chain now faces the considerable task of identifying the plant breeding methods used in existing products, following a recent EU court ruling that new mutagenesis techniques are subject to EU laws on genetically modified crops, warns the New Breeding Techniques (NBT) Platform.
Europe EU

USDA clears Nufarm’s DHA canola

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has deregulated Nufarm seed business Nuseed’s genetically modified canola line, B0050-027, also referred to as DHA canola.
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EFSA advice on measuring protein levels in GM crops

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued advice to applicants on how to determine the levels of newly expressed proteins in genetically modified plants.
Europe EU

Plant Biotechnology Patent Watch (Q2 2018)

During the second quarter of 2018, a total of 45 patent applications from 23 assignees were published covering genetically modified plants and methods of producing them. The plant biotechnology patents were mainly sourced from the US Patent and Trademark Office and other patent offices.
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Verdeca to debut HB4 soybeans in Argentina

The Verdeca joint venture between US agricultural biotechnology company Arcadia Biosciences (Davis, California) and Argentine soybean development consortium Bioceres (Rosario) has debuted its genetically modified HB4 drought-tolerant soybeans in Argentina.
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