The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced Sept. 26 it has opened an investigation into the presence of glyphosate resistant volunteer wheat plants in a Montana State University (MSU) test plot near Huntley, Montana.
Bernadette Juarez, director of Investigative and Enforcement Services for APHIS, said the agency is conducting a new investigation into regulatory compliance concerns with genetically engineered wheat found at a site in Montana where previous field trials of Roundup Ready wheat took place between 2000 and 2003. In July, MSU researchers observed some volunteer wheat plants that didn't respond to multiple treatments with glyphosate in a localized area at the Southern Agricultural Research Center near Huntley.
"On July 14, 2014, MSU and Monsanto officials notified APHIS of the discovery at the Southern Ag Research Center in Huntley, Montana," Juarez said. APHIS then began to investigate this regulatory compliance issue and sampled wheat at the SARC.[Read More]
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