‘Bt eggplant research back to square one’
Researchers who are working on Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant would have to start all over again following the approval of new rules for the study and propagation of genetically modified (GM) crops.
Agriculture Undersecretary Dennis Guerrero told reporters that research on Bt eggplant would need to go back to “square one” as Joint Department Circular (JDC) 1 have put in place new requirements for the approval of GM organisms (GMOs).
“It would need to start again because new requirements were added for each stage of the research. The [JDC] requires step-by-step approval from the regulatory agencies—from clinical or laboratory tests to contained and confined use, to field testing and last, commercial propagation,” Guerrero said.
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