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Crop Biotech Update

Research Center for GM Technology in Western Australia

November 25, 2011

The first of two state-of-the art scientific facilities in Western Australia was inaugurated by Agriculture and Food Minister Terry Redman. The Minister said:  "It is important for the Australian grains industry to have access to the latest innovation, including GM technology, to remain internationally competitive."

The integrated field and laboratory complex at Merredin will enable agricultural research, particularly using GM technology to develop crops that can cope with climate change. A trial by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) is already underway to study the genetic potential of several lines of GM wheat and barley.

Part of the Liberal-National Government's $9 million commitment to the New Genes for New Environments project, the facilities conform to the national standards of the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator.

Check out http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/WACabinetMinistersSearch.aspx?ItemId=144782&minister=Redman&admin=Barnett for more information.