Thailand to Test Genetically Modified Corn

Naresuan University, Thailand is preparing to make their first field tests with a variety of genetically modified (GM) corn, says a news report. According to Suchin Chinayon, Naresuan University Rector, the institution is prepared to start the project that will take approximately seven months. Preliminary preparations are being conducted by the Faculty of Agriculture to test genetically modified glyphosate resistant maize NK603. Initial tests were already conducted in a small contained plot at the agricultural research station at Bueng Ratchanok Wang Thong district of Phitsanulok.

Chinayon said, "Thailand must develop new maize varieties to improve and protect crops against pests and disease. At the same time, the country should begin to be aware of their position in the agricultural sector as the ASEAN Economic Community comes into force in 2015."

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This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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