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Monsanto gets nod for GM cotton in part of Australia

(Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- Monsanto received permission on Tuesday from Australia's Gene Technology Regulator to commercially release two types of its genetically engineered cotton below 22 degrees south latitude. It is resrtricted geographically because of concern about the plants becoming a weed problem. However, Monsanto will be allowed to conduct field trials of its biotech cotton in northern Australia, a place where the crop is not normally grown.

The two types are Bollgard II, engineered with a gene that expresses the insecticidal bacterium bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), and Bollgard II/Roundup Ready, which also contains a gene conferring resistance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide.

Source: Dow Jones