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ACRE advice: wheat crop trial

The Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment's advice on growing genetically modified wheat for research into pest control.

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This document is the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE’s) advice to government in considering a request from Rothamsted Research for a trial growth of genetically modified (GM) wheat. The request involved planting a test crop of wheat that had been genetically modified to be resistant to aphids.

The committee decided that the trial would have no risk to human health or the environment. It recommended that the application should be approved, but advised that several more measures should be taken to protect the surrounding area.