Weed-friendly GM crops can help the environment

Weed-friendly GM crops can help the environment


THE trouble with spraying fields of crops genetically modified to resist herbicides is that all the weeds die. Bad for the environment – if good for the farmer. Now there is a sweet solution. John Pidgeon of the Broom’s Barn Research Station, Bury St Edmunds, UK, and colleagues analysed the results of British farm-scale evaluation trials of GM crops. When GM sugar beet was grown using a two-spray system to control weeds, weed biomass and seed fell by 17 and 31 per cent respectively, in comparison to conventional growing methods,
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