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06 August 2010

Evidence of GM plants in the wild

Research is continually emerging on the impacts of invasive species, pollution and environmental disasters on ecosystems and communities.

Research is continually emerging on the impacts of invasive species, pollution and environmental disasters on ecosystems and communities. Ecological scientists discussed widespread environmental changes - from the recent discovery of genetically modified plants in the wild to the implications of mercury found in bottlenose dolphin skin - at the Ecological Society of America's 95th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, US in August.

The results provide strong evidence that transgenic plants have established populations outside of agricultural fields in the US. Of the 406 plants collected, 347 (86%) tested positive for CP4 EPSPS protein (confers tolerance to glyphosate herbicide) or PAT protein (confers tolerance to glufosinate herbicide).

 
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