Biotech Updates

ERMA Approves GM Onion Trial

November 28, 2008

New Zealand’s Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has approved the Crop and Food Research’s application to field test genetically modified (GM) vegetables of the allium family. The 10 -year trial would involve early stage research to breed and evaluate the agronomic performance and environmental impact of GM onions, spring onions, garlic and leeks. A feature of the trial is that some of the onions are allowed to flower and produce seed. Crop and Food Research is bound to follow several restrictions such as ensuring that pollen does not spread to non-GM onions.

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