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Indonesia Approves First GM Sugarcane
Sunday, 2013/05/26 | 19:08:19

Indonesia's National Genetically Modified Product Biosafety Commission (KKHPRG) has approved the world's first genetically modified sugarcane which will soon be commercialized. Dr. Bambang Purwantara, a member of the commission said that all the institutions mandated to approve biotech crops have given their approval to the drought resistant sugarcane.

 

Developed by the PT Perkebunan Nusantara, the Indonesian Sugarcane Plantation Research Center (P3GI), and scientists from the State University of Jember in East Java, the sugarcane is one of the 14 crops being assessed by the commission, and expected to be planted next year.

 

More information is available from the news article at http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/05/20/development-underway-first-transgenic-sugarcane-plantation.html.

 

Figure: Sweet and sticky: Workers harvest sugarcane at a plantation in Tulungagung, East Java. The government recently approved the first transgenic sugarcane and other 13 biotech food crops for commercial production. Antara/Sahlan Kurniawan

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