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Podcast: CRISPR technology and its application in agriculture

Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) is a revolutionary genome editing technology with considerable advantages over its predecessors.

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Agrow Awards 2018 open for entries

The Agrow Awards 2018 are open for entries. The 11th instalment of the coveted awards for the crop protection and agricultural biotechnology industries comprises 17 categories.
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Australia approves GM buffalo grass tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved small-scale field tests of genetically modified buffalo grass (Stenatophrum secundatum).
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US prison term for Chinese scientist for GM seed theft

A Chinese scientist living in the US has been sentenced to more than ten years in US federal prison for conspiring to steal genetically modified rice seeds from a biopharmaceutical company.
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BASF seeks US OK for GM canola

BASF has applied to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for the deregulation of its genetically modified herbicide-tolerant and altered oil content LBFLFK canola.

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Monsanto's high-yielding maize passes EU assessment

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has completed the risk assessment of Monsanto’s genetically modified high-yielding MON87403 maize.


Plant Biotechnology Patent Watch Annual Review (2017)

During 2017, there were 58 crop protection-related plant biotechnology patents released via the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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USDA OKs Calyxt wheat line

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed that a wheat line developed by French genomics company Cellectis’ US plant science subsidiary, Calyxt (Minneapolis, Minnesota), is not a regulated article under genetically modified crop rules.
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Australia to OK GM safflower production

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulatory has concluded that the proposed commercialisation of genetically modified safflower with elevated levels of oleic acid poses negligible risks to human health and the environment.

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Canada OKs Golden Rice

Health Canada has notified the International Rice Research Institute that it has no objection to the food use of the genetically modified rice line, GR2E (also referred to as Golden Rice).

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Nuseed seeks to test GM canola in Australia

Nufarm seed subsidiary Nuseed has applied to the Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) to conduct field trials of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant canola with altered oil content.

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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.

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