April 7, 2009

GM wheat shows good results in Australia

Trials of drought-resistant GM wheat in drought areas of Victoria, Australia, are showing good results.

The GM wheat crop showed yield improvements of about 20 percent over non-GM varieties. Trials of GM rye grass pastures also showed improved milk yields from dairy cows of about 20 percent.


While the results are very promising, there are still many field trials to come, said Molecular Plant Breeding CRC chief executive Glenn Tong.


The GM drought-tolerant wheat is not expected to be released to the market for at least another eight years.

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