The survival rates of the GMO in the spectrum of conditions that are likely to be found in the proposed release areas and surrounding environments

The mutants survive for long periods in laboratory conditions. Experiments monitoring GMO survival in soil indicated that they decreased rapidly in the numbers of GMOs in the first week, but then a stabilizing of the population at very low counts (approximately 10-17) for the duration of the monitoring, which was six months. However, current control mechanisms indicate that wild type numbers decrease in fields not planted with potatoes. After two to three years, the numbers are low enough to enable farmers to plant potatoes without fear of infection. This will need to be tested to the GM strains in future field trials.

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