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29 May 2010
Brazil: greater sugarcane yield through gene technology
In the next years, genetically modified (GM) sugarcane is expected to enter the Brazilian market and to deliver a sugar content that has been increased by 30 to 40 per cent. Bayer CropScience and the Brazilian research institution CTC have agreed upon "comprehensive cooperation" towards this goal.

27 May 2010
Japan allows genetically modified papayas
As of summer, genetically modified (GM) papayas will be for sale in Japan. The fruit must be labeled accordingly. The Japanese government has allowed the import of the papayas from the USA, where a virus-resistant variety has been cultivated since 1999.

26 May 2010
Australian researchers develop rice with threefold iron
Approximately 30 per cent of the global population is estimated to suffer from the effects of iron deficiency. This deficiency may cause poor mental development in children as well as anaemia and lowered immune function. Australian researchers now report biofortified rice containing three times as much iron as conventional varieties.

25 May 2010
Long-term study: Bt maize cultivation - no effect on earthworms
The results of a four-year study by ecologists in the USA and Switzerland indicate that earthworms are unaffected by the agriculture with genetically modified (GM) maize, even after years of cultivation

14 May 2010
USA: USDA allows large-scale GM eucalyptus trial
On May 12, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave permission for a field trial of genetically modified (GM) eucalyptus trees on 28 sites. The trees withstand colder temperatures than conventional varieties and may be a new industrial source of wood. Commercial approval is pending.

11 May 2010
EU: Environmental associations - lawsuit against Amflora
Several environmental associations state the intention to take legal action in the European Court of Justice against the cultivation approval for the genetically modified (GM) ‘Amflora’ potato. A decision is not expected before the end of 2011. However, it remains unclear whether the lawsuit will be acknowledged.

10 May 2010
EU: First suggestions for a new gene technology policy
In the future, EU Member States should be able to decide for themselves on the cultivation of genetically modified plants. By making changes to shared laws on gene technology, the EU Commission intends to overcome the political blockade that has been in place for years.

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