Cross-pollination reported by Scottish Crop Research Institute

The Scottish Crop Research Institute recently reported that experiments with larger fields of genetically engineered oilseed rape show that pollen escaped and fertilized plants 2.5 kilometers away. This could result in herbicide-resistant crops spreading to become weeds in other fields. Previously, studies suggested that so little pollen spread from genetically altered crops that there was no significant danger of the genes crossing into other plants. The new findings question recent moves in the United States and Europe to relax the rules for genetically approved crops. Research Notes, Genetic Crops Community Nutrition Institute January 12, 1996

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