TITLE

Trials of rice

PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
New Scientist;4/2/2005, Vol. 186 Issue 2493, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports that latest version of "golden rice", genetically engineered to provide extra vitamin A, has got the go-ahead for trial plantings in India and the Philippines. Strains produced by crosses with local varieties should be in the ground later in 2005. It is finally moving, opines Jorge Mayer, project manager at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Supporters view that golden rice will help combat vitamin A deficiency, which affects millions of children worldwide and in severe cases can cause blindness. Opponents such as Greenpeace see it as a Trojan horse intended to make GM crops more acceptable. One of Greenpeace's criticisms was that the original strain of golden rice contained little more provitamin A than normal rice.
ACCESSION #
16725129

 

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