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BioScience News and Advocate Daily Highlights 30/3

Daily Highlights
1. MAF suspends GM testing lab accreditation
2. Greenhouse gas levels blow sky high
3. Trans-Tasman Treaty introduced in Parliaments
4. Monsanto sees future in biotech crops
5. Probiotic trial tests allergy treatment
6. Ocean dead zones worry experts

MAF suspends GM testing lab accreditation
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) today announced that it had suspended its accreditation of US GM testing laboratory Biogenetic Services Ltd. An audit of this laboratory identified a num...

Greenhouse gas levels blow sky high
An increase in global greenhouse gas emissions over the past two years, due almost entirely to the burning of fossil fuels, has been reported by Australian researchers.The figures showed the bigge...

Trans-Tasman Treaty introduced in Parliaments
The establishment in 2005 of a single, bi-national agency to regulate therapeutic products in New Zealand and Australia came a step closer today when a trans-Tasman Treaty was presented simultaneously...

Monsanto sees future in biotech crops
GM crop giant Monsanto has said its likely future developments in genetic agriculture engineering will take in a much wider variety of plants, including those grown in the world's poorest regions. ...

Probiotic trial tests allergy treatment
Doctors want as-yet-unborn babies to test a new "probiotic" treatment to combat a worldwide surge of allergic diseases. Researchers at the Auckland and Wellington medical schools are recruiting ...

Ocean dead zones worry experts
Sea areas starved of oxygen will soon damage fish stocks even more than unsustainable catches, the United Nations believes. The UN Environment Programme says excessive nutrients, mainly nitrogen fro...

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Insurance: 2017 Worst Year On Record For Weather-Related Losses

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Crown Accounts: Govt Books In Line With Forecasts

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Expert Reaction: Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area In Force

Sweeping new protections for Antarctica's Ross Sea will come into effect on Friday 1 December. After five years of debate, the marine protected area (MPA) was agreed in 2016 after a joint proposal by New Zealand and the United States... More>>