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Australia OKs GM chickpea tests

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) concludes that proposed field tests of genetically modified chickpeas pose negligible risks to human health and the environment.

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USDA mulls deregulation of Verdeca's HB4 soybeans

The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is considering the deregulation of Verdeca's genetically modified glufosinate-tolerant and high yielding IND-00410 (also designated as HB4) soybeans. 

United States APHIS

Zambia lifts GMO import ban

Zambia has ended its import ban on genetically modified crop produce.

Zambia Policy & Regulation

Colombian GM crop planting falls again in 2018

The genetically modified crop area fell for the second year in a row in Colombia last year to 88,129 ha.

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Review favours end of South Australian GM crop ban

An independent review of the long-standing moratorium on genetically modified crop production in the Australian state of South Australia favours its removal.

Australia Output Traits

EU Parliament adopts resolutions against four GM crops

The European Parliament has endorsed resolutions calling for proposed approvals of four genetically modified crop lines to be abandoned.

Europe EU

Plant Biotechnology Patent Watch Annual Review (2018)

During 2018, there were 86 crop protection-related plant biotechnology patents released via the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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IITA submits dossier for GM starch yield cassava trials in Nigeria

The Nigerian National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has published an application dossier for confined trials of genetically modified cassava with increased starch yield.

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Australia OKs GM wheat trials

The Australian Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has concluded that proposed field tests by the University of Melbourne on genetically modified wheat pose negligible risks to human health and the environment. 

Australia OGTR

Plant Biotechnology Patent Watch Q4 2018

During the fourth quarter of 2018, a total of 50 patent applications from 25 different assignees were published covering genetically modified plants and methods of producing them.

Altered content Stress tolerance & Yield

UK John Innes Centre seeks GM high iron wheat trials

Researchers at the UK research institute, John Innes Centre (Norwich, Norfolk), have applied to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for consent to conduct field trials of genetically modified biofortified high iron wheat.

United Kingdom DEFRA

EFSA studies adjuvant properties of GMO Cry proteins

The adjuvanticity and immunogenicity of Cry proteins in insect-resistant genetically modified plants are “unlikely” to emerge as a safety issue in food and feed, concludes an external study commissioned by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).

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