14 January 2000

No GMsabotage

SABOTAGE has been ruled out as the reason why some MAFF-funded National List trials of genetically modified oilseed rape crops have failed to establish.

MAFF confirms that a trial in Hampshire, one of the seven main UK value for cultivation and use trials for oilseed rape, which included some herbicide tolerant GM varieties, has failed to establish. A disease observation trial in Norfolk has also failed.

The trials contractor [NIAB] has suggested that flea beetles and slugs are to blame and there is no evidence of sabotage. Both GM and conventional varieties were affected in the same way, notes the ministry.