Roundup-resistant bentgrass was developed for golf courses
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.
Creeping bentgrass was engineered to resist the popular herbicide Roundup to allow more efficient weed control on golf courses. But the modified grass could spread that resistance to the wild, becoming a nuisance itself, scientists say.
Proving GE Creeping Bentgrass is a Severe Contamination Hazard: Corvallis EPA scientists win prestigious award
SOURCE: Corvallis Gazette-Times, USA
DATE: 09 Jun 2006
2005 Level I Scientific And Technological Achievement Awards (STAA)
A nondescript grass discovered in the Oregon countryside is hardly an alien invasion. Yet the plant - a genetically modified form of a grass commonly grown on golf courses - is worrying the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) enough that it is running its first full environmental impact assessment of a GM plant.
Genes From Engineered Grass Spread for Miles, Study Finds
September 21, 2004
By ANDREW POLLACK
A new study shows that genes from genetically engineered
grass can spread much farther than previously known, a
finding that raises questions about the straying of other
plants altered through biotechnology and that could hurt
the efforts of two companies to win approval for the first
The two companies, Monsanto and Scotts, have developed a
Agency weighs genetically modified grass Corvallis forum, one of only two in nation, reviews genetic engineering arguments
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By EriN MadisonGazette-Times reporter