Biotech Updates

NZ Applies for Field Evaluation of GM Onion, Garlic

April 11, 2008

New Zealand’s Crop and Food Research (CFR) has applied to the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) to undertake a field evaluation of genetically modified (GM) onion, spring onion, garlic and leek.

“We are committed to researching options which could lead, in the long term, to the more sustainable production of crops and food for New Zealand. Understanding fundamental plant science is an important part of this research," says CFR general manager Dr Prue Williams. She adds that the proposed new field evaluation site would be a maximum of 2.5 ha in size and would allow space for planting buffer zones of non-GM plant material as well as space to investigate new lines of plants with potentially improved agronomic and quality traits.

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