Rothamstead Research’s field team planted genetically modified camelina sativa seeds for the first time in the UK this month, just weeks after the terms of the field test. [com culturas editadas por genes]It allows researchers more freedom to plan their experiments in the field.
The plot was prepared and planted in a few hours with a seed designed for the relatively small size of seeds used in field experiments. The big difference, however, was the time savings in seeking permission to carry out the investigation.
Under the previous rules, test sites must be specifically identified and approved by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) after extensive application procedures. Now, with the government’s new Qualified High Plant (QHP) status – EU classification of non-GMO crops – plants can be grown anywhere on Rothamsted’s farms. For the current test, the QHP level approval process took a few minutes compared to the months required for the old Brexit rules of compiling genetically modified and modified crops together.
Professor Jonathan Napier, who leads Rothamsted’s research on genetically modified camellia plants that can produce long chain omega – 3 oils, said: “The new rules make research experiments significantly easier and we are pleased to use them. I’m excited about the opportunities to enhance our research and development on oilseeds.
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