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Blueberry

 

 

 
Research Herbicide tolerance
Field trials USA 3
Approval None
Perspective The commercial utilisation of genetically modified blueberry cannot be anticipated in the long term.

 

Cultivation

A variety of cultivars of the blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) are grown commercially. The USA produces approximately 120.000 tonnes per year, which represents approximately 55 per cent of global production. Other importer producers include Canada (approximately 30 per cent of global production) and Poland (approximately 10 per cent). A very small proportion of wild fruit is collected and sold in some regions.

 

Utilisation

Blueberries are eaten raw or are processed into or with:

  • compote and marmalade
  • juice and wine
  • desserts such as cream cheese, cake and sweets

Its leaves and dried fruit are used in teas and for medicinal purposes.

 

Gene technology: aims of research and development

Agronomic traits

Weed management

 

Field trials with GM blueberries

Worldwide
USA 3
Period 2005-2006
Trait Herbicide tolerance

 


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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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