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Published August 17, 2010, 01:07 PM

Biotech canola found growing wild in ND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Biotech canola has been found growing in the wild in North Dakota.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Biotech canola has been found growing in the wild in North Dakota.

That could be problematic because the genetically modified crop can't be killed with the popular herbicide Roundup. But National Public Radio reports that few scientists believe that the canola plants pose an environmental risk.

Northern Canola Growers Association Director Barry Coleman says perennial weeds such as leafy spurge are a much bigger worry. Ron Beneda, agriculture extension agent in Cavalier County, says the biotech wild canola can be dealt with through tillage and mowing.

Canola is used for cooking oil, animal feed and biodiesel. The wild biotech canola was found during a summer study conducted by the University of Arkansas.

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