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Deliberate releases for field trials

Summary: EU Member States


 

Deliberate releases of GMOs into the environment for field trails (1992 - 2008)

Number of field trials in the EU: 2,404

 

GM Plants

GM plants of a total of about 66 species have undergone field trials in the EU. The following list shows the crops that have undergone the greatest number of field trials:

 

maize

772

 
 

rapeseed

379

 
 

beet

304

 
 

potato

277

 
 

tomato

75

 
 

cotton

62

 
 

chicory

48

 
 

tobacco

59

 
 

rice

35

 
 

wheat

34

 

 

Novel traits conferred by genetic engineering

herb tolHerbicide tolerance
ins resInsect resistance
fung resResistance to fungal diseases
vir resResistance to virus diseases
sterilityMale sterility (for breeding hybrid cultivars)
compositionAltered composition, new substances

Source: Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), December 2006
 

 

 


An EU Research Project

What are the risks of growing GM crops?

What are the benefits?

Numerous studies have addressed the potential impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants. Yet the existing evidence on the effects of GM plants is often contradictory and the quality of scientific research varies widely.

Therefore, the GRACE project will establish new tools for assessing the quality of existing studies and will conduct comprehensive reviews to identify health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants.

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GMO Soybeans & Sustainability

Less soil erosion and fuel consumption: herbicide tolerant soybeans are promoting sustainable cultivation methods.

 

Glyphosate in European agriculture

Interview with a farmer



Glyphosate containing herbicides are not only used in fields with GM crops. They also allow conventional farmers to sow directly into stubble fields without ploughing. Glyphosate has replaced mechanical weed control in many crops and has had an important impact on agricultural practices and crop yields in Europe over the past few decades.

Source:
European Glyphosate Task Force

Field Trials: Statistics
Notes:
The EU statistics are based on the number of applications submitted.
It is possible that the statistics include rejected applications or applications that were later withdrawn.
One application can include field trials at more than one site and/or that run over the course of several years. The number of sites at which GM plants are grown is generally considerably higher than the number of applications.
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