AntiFreeze Gene from Antarctic Grass
It is interesting that during this period of overwhelming concern about global warming, and given bans on GM food crops in all Australian states except Queensland, that Australian scientists should find an antifreeze gene in Antarctica and begin a discussion about crop losses due to frost.
Victorian Minister for Innovation, John Brumby, made the announcement at a biotechnology conference in Chicago, and The Age reported his comment that:
“Over the next few years, we should see the development and application of technologies for frost tolerance in crops based on the knowledge gained from the functional analysis of these antifreeze genes.”
So when will the Victorian government lift its ban on the commercial production of GM food crops? And why is there a ban in place anyway?
Even Bill Clinton is pro-GM food crops – at least that’s according to today’s Sydney Morning Herald.
I would like to know more about the Antarctic hairgrass, which has the antifreeze gene. It apparently grows on the Antarctic peninsula.