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Aug 6, 2010

"Escaped" GM Canola Found Thriving in U.S. Wilderness

On 6 August 2010, Nature published an article on how gene-modified canola has been found growing in the wild, uncultivated areas of North Dakota.

"Alison Snow, an ecologist at Ohio State University in Columbus, says it is not surprising that escaped transgenic plants have now been found in the United States, given that this has already happened elsewhere. The escaped populations "could be a problem if you are worried about herbicide use", she says. A major advantages of herbicide-resistant crops is that non-selective herbicides can be used, reducing the number of applications needed. But if transgenic crops escape and breed with related weed species, then that advantage could be eroded, and different and more herbicides might have to be used. "

For more see: Gilbert, Natasha. "GM crop escapes into the American wild; Transgenic canola found growing freely in North Dakota." Nature, 6 August 2010.

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