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Crop Biotech Update

ABCA Releases Updated Agricultural Biotechnology Guide

August 30, 2017

The Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) released The Official Australian Reference Guide to Agricultural Biotechnology and GM Crops, 3rd edition, during a launching ceremony on August 29, 2017 at the AusBiotech AusAg & Foodtech Summit in Adelaide.

The newest edition of the Guide contains the latest scientifically valid information and reviewed by ABCA's Expert Scientific Panel. The Guide covers the science, performance, safety and regulation of commercialized GM crops as well as products in the pipeline. It also highlights the evolution of plant breeding innovations, such as genome editing using CRISPR-Cas9.

"Australia's agriculture sector is a significant exporter, employer and driver of rural and regional communities. The uptake of innovative and emerging agricultural biotechnologies allows the sector to remain competitive and innovative in the face of global challenges such as a changing climate and a reduction in arable land," said Mr. Ken Matthews, ABCA Chairman.

The Guide also contains information on ways to enable continued coexistence between GM and non-GM farming systems by featuring case studies of Australian farmers growing GM crops.

Read the media release and the Guide from ABCA.