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EU GMO rules need scientific update, say EU advisers

New scientific knowledge and technical developments have made the EU GMO registration Directive (2001/18) “no longer fit for purpose” and it should be revised to bring it up to date, says the European Commission’s group of chief scientific advisors from its Scientific Advisory Mechanism (SAM) service.

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Corteva and FMC best placed in Agrow Awards

DowDuPont’s agriculture business, Corteva Agriscience, and FMC each featured as award winners in three categories of the 11th Agrow Awards at a prestigious ceremony in London, UK last night.

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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

EU Ombudsman to investigate soybean approvals

The European Ombudsman is to investigate a complaint about three genetically modified soybean lines approved for import in 2015, says anti-GMO group TestBiotech. 

 

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Indian Supreme Court asks govt to clarify stand on GM mustard

The Indian Supreme Court has asked the central government to clarify its stand on the field trials of genetically modified high-yielding Dhara Mustard Hybrid 11 (DMH-11) within two weeks.

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Argentina approves drought-tol/H-tol GM soybeans

Argentina has approved its first genetically modified drought-tolerant soybean technology combined with another trait.

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Scientists condemn ECJ ruling on NBTs

Scientists from over 85 research centres across Europe have called on the European Commission to “safeguard innovation” in plant science, in the wake of a court ruling that threatens to make new breeding techniques (NBTs) subject to strict EU rules on genetically modified crops.
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Indonesia to debut GM sugar crop

The Indonesian state-owned sugar company, PT Perkebunan Nusantara XI (PTPN XI - Surabaya), is preparing to commercialise the country’s first genetically modified crop, the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) reports. 

 

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USDA OKs low gossypol cotton

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has deregulated US Texas A&M University’s genetically modified cotton with ultra-low levels of the toxin, gossypol, in its seed. 

 

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Argentine Ministry updates GMO trials regulations

The Argentine Ministry of Agribusiness has updated the procedures for field trials and of release in greenhouses of genetically modified organisms.

Argentina Policy & Regulation

EFSA checks extra data for GM soybean and carnation lines

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed that previous positive safety conclusions for a genetically modified soybean line and a GM carnation are not changed by new nucleic acid sequencing data and updated bioinformatics information.

EU EFSA

Yield10 grants research licence to Forage Genetics

The US agricultural technology company, Yield10 Bioscience (Woburn, Massachusetts), has granted a non-exclusive research licence to Land O’Lakes subsidiary Forage Genetics International to evaluate five novel yield traits in forage sorghum.
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