Editorial: Escaped bentgrass sounds a warning Genetically modified for golf courses, it won't stay put.
Published: August 22, 2006
BEYOND THE BUFFERS
"It's a cautionary tale of what could happen with other [transgenic]
plants that could be of greater concern. I suspect that more examples
of this will show up."
Jay Reichman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who led the search
for escaped bentgrass.
You don't have to be a grass-seed producer in central Oregon to be
alarmed by last week's news that genetically modified bentgrass has
By ANDREW POLLACK
Published: August 16, 2006
An unapproved type of genetically engineered grass has been found growing in the wild in what scientists say could be the first instance in the United States in which a biotechnology plant has established itself outside a farm.
Ecologists at the Environmental Protection Agency said they had found a small number of the grass plants growing in central Oregon near the site of field tests that took place a few years ago.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
By WILLIAM McCALL, Associated Press Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Grass that was genetically engineered for golf courses is growing in the wild, posing one of the first threats of agricultural biotechnology escaping from the farm in the United States, a new study says.
Scientists fear grasss genetically engineered to resist Round-up could create super-weeds in the wild.
Several incidents, including in Oregon, breed more debate over the safety of altering genetics
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The past month hasn't been easy for companies trying to revolutionize farming through genetics.
Researchers in Oregon revealed that a genetically modified strain of grass had gone native, crossbreeding with wild grasses outside a predetermined buffer zone.
In Washington, D.C., the secretary of agriculture announced that a "GM" rice strain unapproved for human consumption had contaminated commercial supplies of long-grain rice.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
By Mike Lafferty THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Critics called it a "Frankenplant" and warned that it would escape. They were right. (At least about the escape.) A new scientific paper reports that an unapproved grass genetically engineered to resist Roundup herbicide escaped from an Oregon research farm in 2003. It is still being found in the area. And, ecologists say, it's only a matter of time before the bentgrass " developed by Scotts Miracle-Gro and Monsanto for use on golf courses " shows up in farm fields and gardens.