UK government advisers have issued cautious advice on whether or not GM crops should be grown commercially.

The Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment advised the government that genetically modified maize should only be grown if its cultivation was similar to that of recent crop trials, reported BBC News Online.

In addition, the committee said that GM sugar beet and rape should not be grown commercially if their cultivation was similar to that of the recent crop trials, as it may threaten wildlife.

Government ministers will now consider all the advice and evidence collected in recent months from scientists, farm trials and a public debate before making a decision.