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EU court supports NGO right to request review of GM crop approvals

The European Court of Justice’s General Court says that the European Commission was wrong in rejecting a request from anti-genetically modified crop group TestBiotech for a review of approvals granted to GM crops.
EU European Commission

Australia approves GM ryegrass tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved an application to conduct field tests on genetically modified perennial ryegrass. 
Australia OGTR

Argentine growers agree royalties deal on GMOs

Argentine growers have agreed an accord with major seed suppliers on a permanent system of royalty payments for the use of genetically modified seeds.
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Research suggests Russia keen to turn US against GMOs

Russian news agencies appear to have conducted a "co-ordinated campaign" to turn US public opinion against GMOs, according to a studyby Iowa State University (ISU) researchers.

Russian Federation United States

Colombian GM crop area dips in 2017

Colombian farmers planted some 95,117 ha of genetically modified crops in 2017, Colombian agrochemical association AgroBio reports.

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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. 
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EFSA advice on GM feed assessments

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a clarification for carrying out risk assessments on feed derived from genetically modified plants.


Canada clears another GM apple

Canadian food and health regulators have approved a third variety of apple that has been genetically modified to prevent browning and bruising.

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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

EU legal view exempts mutagenesis from GMO law

Plants produced by mutagenisis are “in principle” exempted from EU laws on genetically modified organisms if they do not involve the use of recombinant nucleic acid molecules, says Michal Bobek, Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
EU European Court of Justice

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

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).

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