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Crop Biotech Update

Second Confined GM Field Tests Approved in Miyazaki University

July 29, 2011

Miyazaki University and the Miyazaki Prefecture recently announced the conduct of the second field trials of genetically modified (GM) cotton and soybean, after a successful conduct and favorable results obtained in the first field trials in 2010. In the midst of anti-GM activity in the area and in other parts of Japan, the researchers will continue the trial to determine possible adoption of the biotech crops in the country.
The farmers in the area praised the scientific and pioneering work of the researchers who believe that biotech crops could improve and make the Japanese agriculture industry more profitable. Similar field trials are also being conducted in Tsukuba prefecture.
For detals, see the news article in Japanese published in Miyazaki Shimbun, June 21, 2011 at
For more information on biotechnology in Japan, contact Prof. Fusao Tomita of Nippon BIC at