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Mar 18, 2010

Australia Harvests First GM Bananas

Harvested GM Bananas
at Queensland University Technology
Photo: ABC News, Rural Bush Telegraph 
The Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s Rural Bush News is reporting that the Queensland University of Technology has successfully harvested gene-modified (GM) bananas in northern Queensland near Cairns.

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.

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