|Harvested GM Bananas|
at Queensland University Technology
Photo: ABC News, Rural Bush Telegraph
Field tests for these bananas began last year. The GM bananas are genetically modified to increase the levels of vitamin A and iron. They are intended for consumption in East Africa (especially Uganda) where bananas comprise a large portion of daily calories. The project is funded with aid from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Professor James Dale, head of the project notes that the gene combinations to enchance the vitamin A content has been successful. Subsequent planting will assess increased iron content.
For more see:
Barry, Siobhan. "First GM Bananas Harvested." Checkbiotech, 18 March 2010.
Steven, Adam. "Our First GM Bananas." Australia Broadcast Corporation (ABC) News, Rural Bush Telegraph, 18 March 2010.