Biotech Updates

Deliberate Release of GM Crops in Spain

June 13, 2008

Notifications on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified (GM) crops for non-commercial use in Spain have been posted online. For the month of June, these include:
  • Maize lines with events NK603 and NK603 X MON810, submitted by Limagrain Ibérica S.A. The trials will be performed as required for the inclusion of the maize lines in the Spanish Registry of Commercial Varieties;
  • Bayer BioScience’s insect resistance and herbicide tolerance transformation events T304-40, GHB614 and GHB119 for agronomic, nutritional and toxicological evaluation;
  • Syngenta’s GA21 maize;
  • Semillas Fitto’s transgenic maize line expressing cry1F(synpro) and pat genes for resistance to certain lepidopteran insect pests;
  • Maize lines tolerant to the herbicides glyphosate and glufosinate as well as resistant to some coleopteran and lepidopteran pests developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred (DP-Ø9814Ø-6, DP-Ø9814Ø-6xDAS-Ø15Ø7-1, etc.)

Environmental risk assessments have indicated that the releases pose negligible risk to human health and safety or to the environment. Likewise, certain measures, such as maintaining a 200-meter isolation distance and destruction of GM plant materials after trials, will be adopted by the applicants.

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