1. penny kemp said:

    Why can’t the trial take place under cover where any contamination issues could be contained.

    25th May 2012
  2. A very thoughtful piece. Given your take on IP, you might be interested in an open letter me and my partner wrote to Taketheflourback. I think engaging with the green party, if there’s some chance of developing a better policy on all this, is a better response than deciding not to vote for them again.

    26th May 2012
  3. I do appreciate your admission that sometimes the opponents here are relying on junk. It’s important awareness (but of course not a surprise to those of us who understand the issues).

    On the wheat outcrossing; I don’t have time to look at the source for that, but there are a bunch of things to consider. What is that distance? What is the flowering time of adjacent wheat? Even if it did land, is it compatible enough to matter and actually pollenate? If these have already been counted in the expectations of the Rothamsted team (and I imagine they have been) the low end seems reasonable to me.

    One of the stranger claims in this debate was that it was spring and not the more common winter wheat. Well, in this case, that’s actually a feature. If most of the adjacent farmers are using another strain that flowers at a different time, it’s even less likely there are consequences.

    I have a family event I have to attend today but will try to look up the source info later to see what that really meant.

    26th May 2012
  4. I’m back. I can’t find the paper that had the 9.7%, it’s possible it’s old and I just don’t have access to it. But none of the other sources I see ever have anything that high. And as I said, it still matters how far, flowering time, etc, that was and I just can’t tell.

    But a more recent paper sees much less: http://www.springerlink.com/content/u460008430817610/ And the distances described here are well under the containment area of Rothamsted. And other work I saw showed that even if there was pollination, hybrids were very unlikely.

    26th May 2012

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