Romania tests disease resistant GM plum trees

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Plum created in the laboratory, resistant to a disease that wreaks havoc in orchards in Romania, studied by researchers at the Bistrita Fruit Growing Research Station. It is a tree genetically modified [to be resistant to] plum pox, an incurable disease which submission can be stopped only by cutting trees affected.

Researchers Bistrita cooperates with the United States, where one of the classic plum clones is already patented and used by farmers. The Digi 24 genetically modified plum trees will be planted in Romania in 2019, ie when this research project will end. The European Union allows each State to decide whether to approve or prohibit GMO cultivation.

Meanwhile, the fruits obtained from these plums are not consumed. According to the Agriculture Nasaud last year destroyed 75 kg of prune plums harvested [from] transgenic plum trees planted for experimental purposes at SCDP Bistrita County.

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In 1996, Fruit Growing Station initiated a project [field] testing in collaboration with the institute INRA Bordeaux. . . . A total of 70 [clones] of transgenic [plums] were brought from France and planted in a 0.14 hectare experimental polygon surrounded by apple crops to avoid cross pollination and gene transfer to non-genetically modified plum from neighboring lots. . . .

Read full, Google translated post: How we Bistrita genetically modified plum and what happened to their fruit

Read original post in Romanian: Câţi pruni modificaţi genetic avem la Bistriţa şi ce s-a întâmplat cu fructele lor

  • Beat

    I’m really sorry but this part is factually incorrect: “The European Union allows each State to decide whether to approve or prohibit GMO cultivation.” In fact, the EU allows its Member States only to prohibit EU approved GMOs, but NOT to approve their own GMOs. GMO approvals can still only be made at EU level – and simply have not been happening for cultivation.