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Research Viral and nematode resistance, maturation deferment.
Field trials USA 6
Approvals None
Perspective The commercial usage of GM pineapples is not to be expected.



The pineapple is cultivated in the tropics and subtropics of America, Asia and Africa, as well as in South Europe in field trials and in greenhouses. Historically, the most important cultivation areas were located in Central America and USA (Hawaii). Today, Asian countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and India belong to the main producers. Worldwide, over 15 million tonnes per year are produced.



The fruit is sweet and contains many minerals and enzymes such as bromelain.

It is mostly consumed raw or processed into


  • After processing (conserving), the leftovers of fruits are used as feed.
  • The enzyme bromelain is won from plant parts harvested from perennial plants. It serves to make meat more tender and is added to gelatine.


Gene technology: Aims of research and development

Agronomic traits

Disease resistance

Pest resistance

Weed management

Plant development

Quality traits

Modified composition of ingredients

  • increased sugar content


Field trials with GM pineapple

Period 1997-2006
Traits Viral and nematode resistance, maturation deferment , modified sugar content and blossom time.
Additional countries Australia


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.

More information


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.

European Glyphosate Task Force

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