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Global GM seed market up 5% in 2017

The global traded crop seed market, excluding seed that has been farmer saved or supplied by governments/institutions, increased by 3.9% in 2017 to reach $38,429 million at the ex-manufacturer level.
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USDA ready to try again with GMO rule overhaul

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has revived its intent to craft a proposal to update its regulation of genetically modified plants.

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Australia OKs GM safflower

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has approved the commercialisation of Australian company GO Resources’ (Melbourne, Victoria) genetically modified safflower for use in industrial oil production and feed.

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FSANZ mulls GM safflower lines

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is considering a request from Australian company GO Resources (Melbourne, Victoria) to allow the food use of two genetically modified safflower lines. 
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USDA mulls DHA canola deregulation

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued draft risk assessments on Nufarm seed business Nuseed’s genetically modified canola line, B0050-027, also referred to as DHA canola.
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Global GM crop area up 2.5% in 2017

The global area planted with genetically modified crops rose by 2.5% to 189.8 million ha in 2017, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA).

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AATF gains B&MG Foundation grant to market GMOs

The US Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF) a $24.6 million grant to commercialise genetically modified insect-resistant and drought-tolerant maize in sub-Saharan Africa.
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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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