Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Release of GM fungi probed

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed it is investigating the cause of a GM fungi release at Lincoln University in March.

The MPI is still completing its assessment of the risk fungi could have been released into the wider environment, but believes that risk is low.

Three of Lincoln’s facilities have been cleared by MPI to reopen for research use, including a lab and greenhouse facilities.

The university and AgResearch programmes based around the fungi Beauveria bassiana and other regulated organisms are to be audited by MPI.

These are expected to be completed within three months and further investigation may result if breaches of GM requirements are found.

A Lincoln spokeswoman said the university would be awaiting MPI’s outcomes before making any further comment on the issue.

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