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Australia allowed to test GM wheat

The Office of Gene Technology has given approval for Australia's first trial of GM wheat. Up to 30 varieties will be grown at Horsham and Mildura next season and will include drought resistant strains.

Jim Peacock, Australia's Chief Scientist, said "There is no question that GM technologies are going to be important in the future improvement of wheat, and we need to keep improving the performance of our varieties under a range of conditions if we are going to remain competitive." Greenpeace have said there was no need to develop GM crops as non-GM drought resistant crops were already being developed.

Source: The Australian

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