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Research Herbicide tolerance, resistance to fungi and viruses.
Field trials USA 8
Brazil, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana
Approvals None
Perspective A commercial use of GM beans is possible on the mid-term.



Plants such as the species known as Phaseolus, Vicia and Vigna are summarized with the term bean. The common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, also called Fisole in Austria, is cultivated worldwide in temperate warm regions. In the field, the perpendicularly-growing bush bean is predominant; in gardens and greenhouses, the pole bean is predominant.

Species known as Vigna are native to Europe, Asia and Africa. Beside of the cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) a substitute of this species is the adzuki-bean.

The field beanthat belongs to the Vicia species is one of the oldest crops.



Next to other legumes (lentils, peas, soybean), beans are important protein suppliers in many countries. The immature legumes and the leaves of the common bean are used as food:

  • immature legumes are cooked/steamed as vegetable or lettuce
  • .
  • processed as canned goods and frozen vegetable.
  • from ripe seeds, soups and puree are prepared.
  • the leaves are dried or steamed and used as seasoning.
  • processing of the husks to medicine and tea.


Gene technology: Aims of research and development

Agronomic traits

Weed management

Disease resistance

Adaptation to climate and localities

  • heat resistance


Field trials with GM common beans

World wide
USA 8*
Period 2006-2009
Traits Herbicide tolerance, fungal resistance
Additional countries Brazil, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana

* Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) as well as Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)

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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