domingo, agosto 20, 2006

Study: Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Grasses Will 'Wreak Havoc' on Native Species

Escaped GM grass could spread bad news

Nature, August 11, 2006

An escaped strain of transgenic grass bred for golf courses could wreak havoc on native grassland species in the northwestern United States, ecologists are warning.

The strain, which was growing in a test plot in Oregon and hadn't yet been approved for use by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), has now been detected in the wild, up to 3.8 kilometres outside the test area. While the transgenic component of the plant might not in itself pose a problem, the hardy strain could replace many other native grasses if it gains a foothold, ecologists say

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