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Genetically engineered grass found in wild

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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.

Escaped golf-course grass frees gene genie in the US

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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

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Genes From Engineered Grass Spread for Miles, Study Finds

September 21, 2004

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
bioengineered grass.

The two companies, Monsanto and Scotts, have developed a

Agency weighs genetically modified grass Corvallis forum

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Agency weighs genetically modified grass Corvallis forum, one of only two in nation, reviews genetic engineering arguments

Thursday, May 19, 2005Last modified Thursday, May 19, 2005 12:28 AM PDT

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