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Best GM goalkeeper! TSIPS has established 21 detection methods for GM plants
Twenty-one PCR detection methods have been established for high-risk genetically modified (GM) crops, such as soybean, corn and cotton. These methods could assist the authorities inspection to avoid gene flows in the field, and guarantee ecology and food safety.
According to the international Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), there are 29 GM crop species which contain 391events in the world. GM crops are grown in 28 countries, and the planting area is up to 180 million hectares. GM soybeans, corn, cotton and rapeseed are not only the top four crops in global cultivation area, but also the main imports of raw materials in Taiwan. For example, the global cultivation area of soybean is 111 million hectares, in which the GM soybean accounted for 82%. Imported soybean is 2 to 2.5 million tones per year in Taiwan, and the import dependence is over 99% . Soybean is rich in lipid, protein, nutrient and health care functions. Because of shortage of local production in our country, the import raw supplemantary is to still demand the gap. According to Taiwan Food and Drug Administration data, more than 90% of imported soybeans are GM soybeans. GMO products still are a lot of limits. In international trade, Taiwan have been legislated and executed in regulation laws and practice acts of GM food and raw materials.
The qualitative detection methods for 21 GM events have been established sequentially by Taiwan Seed Improvement and Propagation Station (TSIPS) . The 21 GM events included 3 events of soybean, 10 events of corn, 3 events of cotton, 2 events of rapeseed, 1 event of potato and 2 events of papaya. In order to effectively detect GM crops and raw materials, TSIPS provides advice and fee-based inspection services for some GM plants . Ensure that cleaning products and materials, Plesae access information about the query on Web ( ws.php?id=4470) , or direct phone contact TAF testing laboratory staff of TSIPS (04-25825779,04-25825536 Mr. Jhe-Ren Chen).