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Zucchini (courgette)



Research Virus resistance
Field trials EU 6
USA 60, in two other countries
Approval USA, Canada
Cultivation In the USA on ca. 2.000 ha
Traits Virus resistance
Perspectives Despite cultivation in the USA, no market launch is expected in the EU.



The most important producers for zucchinis (cucurbita pepo) are China, India, Ukraine, the USA, and Egypt. In Europe, zucchinis are mainly grown in Italy and Spain. Harvests are often reduced through pathogens such as virus.



Zucchinis are termed zucchetti in Switzerland and summer squash in the USA.

This species of pumpkin is particularly tasty if harvested while still unripe at a size of 10–20 cm. Zucchinis are consumed as:

  • vegetable, vegetable products or raw


Gene technology: aims of research and development

Agronomic traits

Resistance against pathogens

  • Virus resistance: In the USA two GM-squash (zucchini) species are approved for cultivation and as foodstuff. These have two or three envelop protein genes as protection against virus attack.

  • Fungal resistance


Field trials with GM zucchinis

Application 6
Countries Italy 3, Spain 2, France 1
Period 1996-1997
Traits Virus resistance
USA 60
Period 1989-2001
other countries Canada, Mexico


Utilisation of GM zucchinis

Approvals worldwide
  For cultivation  As foodstuff/feed
USA 2 2
Canada   2
Traits Virus resistance
Listed are the different GM zucchini lines (Events).
EU None
USA Virus-resistant zucchinis are grown on about 10.000 hectares. To date, there is no information available as to which extend it is also used for the production of the in Europe used aspartame.


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