After approval from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, H39 and H75 were grown in an isolated field (Stage III). The experiments were conducted according to guidelines established by the Ministry. Although there were slight differences in the shape of a part of H39, there were no differences between the transgenic and wild type plants in outcross-ing frequency, ability to become weeds, or influence on the environment.
Results from these three stages of safety assessment indicate that this transgenic material is substantially equivalent to an ordinary rice cultivar developed through conventional breeding in all traits measured except the target trait, which is the reduction of glutelin in the grains. Open field experiments are being conducted at three locations for agronomic performance. Yield and grain quality will be further evaluated in detail. Food safety will be evaluated following guidelines established by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
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