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Fast-growing pasture: feed or weed? Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on November 4th, 2014.

Farmers who use plant varieties that become invasive weeds should pay a levy to cover any environmental management costs, say the authors of a new study. As breeding technologies produce faster-growing, more hardy pasture plants, the potential impact of wild-growing pasture in the wider environment grows, warn the authors of a new article published in […]

Business Day/NZPA: GE pasture trial concerns

Peter Griffin posted in on March 3rd, 2010.

Kent Atkinson (NZPA) reports in Business Day on the upcoming application by the Pastoral Genomics group for a conditional release of GM forages, in particular clover and ryegrass. The application, however, has raised concerns amongst some groups who worry that the altered genes could spread into non-GM pasture species. An excerpt: (read in full here) […]

NZ Herald/NZPA: GE plants promoted as ‘cisgenic’

Peter Griffin posted in on March 3rd, 2010.

New Zealand scientists are preparing to begin applications for the use of ‘cisgenic’ pasturage – clover and ryegrass which has been genetically modified, but without using genes from other species. It is hoped that the fact that the plants contain no genes from other species will make the the meat and milk from cows fed […]

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