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Application made for UK GM wheat trials

Researchers at the John Innes Centre have applied for consent from Defra to carry out field trials of genetically modified wheat and CRISPR brassicas.

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The GM wheat trials will look at using biofortification to increase the iron levels in commercial varieties of wheat, which researchers hope could help to alleviate anaemia around the world.


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Brassicas modified using CRISPR gene-editing technology will determine the role of a gene which regulates sulphur metabolism in the crops.

If approved, the trials will start at the Norfolk Research Park this year, from April-September until 2022.

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