A research article published in December in PLOS/One confirms that genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa has dispersed into the environment. The study led by USDA researchers examined roadsides to determine the presence of feral alfalfa, especially transgenic plants. Surveying 4580 sites, researchers found feral plants at 404 sites. Twenty-seven percent of these sites had transgenic plants. Their analysis suggested that feral plant sites tended to cluster in seed and hay production areas. “Our study confirms that GE alfalfa has dispersed into the environment,” the researchers wrote, suggesting that minimizing seed spillage and eradicating feral alfalfa along roadsides would be effective strategies to minimize transgene dispersal.
Study shows GE alfalfa not contained
January 26, 2016 in Genetic Engineering
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