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UK approves GM potato trials

The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has approved an application by the UK Leeds University to conduct research trials on genetically modified potatoes resistant to potato cyst nematodes ( Globodera pallida and G rostochiensis). The application was reviewed by the independent expert group, the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, which was satisfied that the trials “will not result in any adverse effect on human health or the environment”.

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