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Trait Biosciences progresses on GM hemp

US cannabis biotechnology company Trait Biosciences (Los Alamos, New Mexico) has generated the first genetically modified hemp plants with a value-added trait.

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USDA approves Verdeca's HB4 GM soybeans

The USDA has approved Verdeca's genetically modified glufosinate-tolerant and high yielding IND-00410 (also designated as HB4) soybeans.

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Corteva seeks US OK for GM maize

Corteva Agriscience seed business Pioneer Hi-Bred International has applied to the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for deregulation of the genetically modified maize line, DP202216.

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New UK PM to "liberate" UK biotech sector from anti-GMO rules

The UK's new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has made a call "to liberate the UK's extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules".

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Plant Biotechnology Patent Watch Q1 2019

During the first quarter of 2019, a total of 38 patent applications from 18 different assignees were published covering genetically modified plants and methods of producing them. 

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Mercosur adopts measure to cut adventitious GMO levels in export produce

The South American trading bloc, Mercosur, has adopted a mechanism to reduce the adventitious presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) among member states.

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Interview: EuropaBio head calls for new EU approach to ag technologies

EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, has been a vocal opponent of EU efforts to regulate gene-edited crops in the same way as ‘traditional’ genetically modified (GM) crops.

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Sub-Sahara Africa farmers to gain access to royalty free genes in GMOs

Smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are to gain access to genetically modified seeds at reduced cost through the use of royalty-free genes.

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Australia approves GM chickpea tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved the Queensland University of Technology's application to conduct field tests of genetically modified chickpeas. 

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Brazil provisionally approves GM drought-tolerant soybeans

Brazil has provisionally approved Brazilian plant breeder Tropical Melhoramento Genético’s (TMG) drought-tolerant soybeans.

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Ombudsman slams EU Commission for blocking access to GMO info

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has criticised the European Commission for disregarding an earlier ruling that it should grant public access to documents behind proposals to allow national bans on the use of EU-approved genetically modified food and feed.

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Australia approves GM wheat tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved the field testing of genetically modified wheat by the University of Melbourne. 

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