Australian wheat has a new defence to a rusty old problem

3 responses to “Australian wheat has a new defence to a rusty old problem

  1. This is a genetically modified (GM) wheat. If approved for a licence to sell the seeds to farmers, I think I’m right to say that this will be the first GM wheat to get such a licence for commercial growing anywhere in the world. Are other GM crops already being grown commercially in Australia?

    • Yes, you are absolutely right, this would be the first GM wheat to be grown commercially. I am not sure about other GM crops in Australia but I do know there has been research on some, bananas for eg. Would be interesting to know what the situation is over there regarding GM crops….

      • No GM is grown in Britain except for a few scientific trials. Likewise the rest of Europe except for 2 crops which are grown commercially in some EU states. A maize (Zea mays) and, I think, a potato (Solanum tuberosum). Here’s a timeline http://www.genewatch.org/sub-568798 GM is a current topic of debate here, which I blog about quite often.

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