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Co-existence rules work well

19.03.2008

Porto – 164 farmers planted a total of 4,199 hectares of genetically modified maize in Portugal in 2007, according to a report issued by the Portuguese Ministry of Agriculture. That represents a 330% increase compared to 2006, when strict co-existence rules came into force. These seem to be working well, according to the report. In 82 inspections of the 36 sites where Monsanto’s insect-resistent Bt-maize Mon810 has been planted, GMO outcrossings higher than the EU labeling threshold of 0.9% were not detected in neighbouring fields planted with non-GM maize. In 80% of the samples, the GM content remained under 0.3%. In practical terms, however, there is no firm relationship between the amount of outcrossing and distance between neighbouring fields, amount of field acreage, or wind direction. One sample of conventional maize planted 80 metres away from a Mon810 plot, for example, contained 0.83% GMO, while non-GM-maize at another site planted just 15 metres from GMO plants contained only 0.08%. Natural barriers such as trees or vegetable patches as well as streets between fields seem to be most effective in reducing GMO dispersal. Most of the 164 Portuguese farmers (86%) said they planted Mon810 because it reduces application of insecticides. 69% cited better yields, and 86% higher quality harvests.

PortugalPortugal

02.12.2011

Lisbon – Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are gaining ground in southwestern Europe. According to the European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio), Portuguese farmers planted nearly 60% more genetically modified maize...

PortugalPortugal

07.10.2011

Lisbon – In the southwest of Europe, GMOs are gaining ground. According to the European Association for BioIndustries EuropaBio, Portuguese farmers have grown nearly 60% more genetically modified (GM) maize this year compared to...

PortugalPortugal

11.08.2011

Lisbon – According to a report published by business intelligence provider Espicom, the future for biopharma on the westernmost tip of Europe looks anything but sunny. Its analysts predict that by 2016, the pharmaceuticals market...

PortugalPortugal

08.03.2010

Lisbon – Portugal’s “Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia” (FCT) is to channel funding into collaborations between Portuguese and Indian life science companies and research within the networking pilot programme “New Indigo”...

PortugalPortugal

14.09.2009

Coimbra/San Francisco/Munster – Portuguese and US researchers have discovered a new factor that determines whether an embryonic stem cell (ESC) will remain pluripotent or not. After the team under Miguel and Joao Ramalho-Santos...

PortugalPortugal

12.07.2009

Madrid –The Spanish Ministry of Health is investing in future biotech treatments. In July, it signed a EUR60m contract over a recombinantly manufactured flu vaccine developed by Rockville-based Novavax. In Phase II trials, the...

09.05.2009

Lisbon/New York - A Portuguese-US research team has discovered a new molecular mechanism that enables gamma herpes viruses to chronically infect patients. Gamma herpes viruses infect white blood cells (B- or T-lymphocytes)...

PortugalPortugal

21.02.2009

Lisbon – Portugal’s Bial SA has granted American company Sepracor the exclusive rights to develop and commercialise eslicarbazepine in the United States and Canada. Bial will receive US$57m up front.

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