CANBERRA, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- A research body on Friday backed plans to trial genetically modified sugar cane in Australia.
The Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations (BSES) said the trials will ensure the Australian sugar industry can retain its competitive position.
Multinational science-based products and services company DuPont has been granted approval to conduct small field trials of genetically modified sugar cane varieties in Queensland.
The trials will be conducted in partnership with BSES and are expected to cost around 25 million Australian dollars (23.1 million U.S. dollars) over the next five years.
"Comprehensive research has found that by accessing biotechnology first, the Australian sugarcane industry can retain its competitive position and build a lead role in the commercialization of biotechnology in the global sugarcane industry," BSES Chair Paul Wright said.
Australia produces more than 30 million tonnes of sugar cane every year of which 85 percent is exported.