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Research Fungal resistance, increased root formation
Field trials Italy 3
Approval None
Perspectives No commercial utilisation of GM-kiwi is expected for a long while.



Cultivation of kiwi plants is restricted to regions with subtropical climates. For many years, the leading producers have been Italy, New Zealand, Chile, France, Greece, Japan and the USA. In 2005, around 1.15 million tons of kiwis were produced on approximately 68000 hectares.



Kiwis are one of the most vitamin-rich fruits with 100 g fruit containing ca. 80 mg vitamin C. In addition, kiwi seeds are rich in omega fatty acids, valued for their health-promoting effects.

The fruit is mostly consumed raw or can be processed to:


Gene technology: aims of research and development

Agronomic traits

Resistance against pathogens

Plant development

  • Modified root system


Field trials with GM-kiwi

Applications 3
Country Italy
Period 1998
Traits Fungal resistance, increased root formation


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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