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ARS Procedures & BMPs for GE Traits in Plant Germplasm and Breeding Lines
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In November 2012, the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture issued its report “Enhancing Coexistence: A Report of the AC21 to the Secretary of Agriculture.” The AC 21 made recommendations regarding the need for Best Management Practices (BMPs) to monitor and maintain the purity of publicly held plant germplasm.

In response, USDA/ARS has updated and refined its procedures and BMPs for maintaining true-to-type plant germplasm samples and breeding stocks, and for assuring compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements associated with plants incorporating genetically engineered (GE) traits. These procedures and BMPs will be subject to periodic reviews and updates.

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