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Research  Viral resistance
Field trials USA 1
Approvals None
Perspective A commercial use of GM oats is not to be expected in the long run.



Today, oat, originally a grain of the temperate climate region of the north, is cultivated worldwide. Leading cultivating countries are Russia, Canada, USA, Poland, Finland and Australia. In 2005, 24,6 million tons oats were cultivated on approximately 11,8 million hectares of land.



Due to the high content of protein, lecithin, vitamins and minerals, oats count as one of the grains with the most nutritional value. The iron content is similarly high to that in fish. 

Oats are processed into

  • grain nutriments, especially oatmeal
  • feed grain for horses, cattle, and poultry


Gene technology: aims in research and development

Agronomic traits

Disease resistance


Field trials with GM Oats

World wide
Period 1998
Trait Viral resistance


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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GM Food and Feed: Authorization in the EU
GMO Database: Contains information on every GM plant that has been approved or is awaiting authorisation in the EU.
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