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GENETICALLY MODIFIED NURSERY PLANTS ARE NOT AN OPTION

GM & NURSERY PLANTS ARE A NO GO

A feasibility study to determine if low dose gamma irradiation could be used as an interstate quarantine treatment for nursery plants has now been completed. The study found that phytotoxic effects (growth inhibition and tissue damage) of 20 commonly shipped plant species exposed to two doses of irradiation (350 and 650 Gy) included leaf abscission, necrosis, lack of growth and plant death.

Irradiated plants that were alive at the conclusion of the study (16 weeks post irradiation) were in a poor condition (unsellable) or had stopped growing. Bottom line: the phytotoxic effects of low dose gamma irradiation (? 350 Gy) were too severe to consider it as a viable quarantine treatment.

  • Summary of research project
  • Research project results
  • Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

November 17th, 2010
Topic: AGRICULTURE, GM & RADIATION, HORTICULTURE NURSERIES Tags: , , , ,

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