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Switzerland approves field trial of GMO wheat

| November 1, 2016

[Editor’s note: This excerpt was translated by Google Translate and lightly edited for clarity.]

The Swiss Agroscope research institute received approval  to carry out a field trial of genetically modified wheat at the Reckenholz site in Zurich. The Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) has granted a corresponding application.

The researchers intend to grow transgenic winter wheat, which has a barley-derived additional transport protein for sucrose… The aim of the experiment is to find out how the plants behave in the open field and whether they bring a better yield, as the FOEN reported on Friday.

The inserted gene changes the sugar transport in the developing grain and increases there the absorption capacity for sugar. The grains are thus [larger and fuller].

In greenhouse trials, transgenic wheat had already shown an increase in average yield of five percent. Now, it is to be clarified whether this increase can also be achieved in the field and with the same use of nutrients.

While the agricultural production of genetically modified plants is prohibited [until] the end of 2017 due to a moratorium, cultivation is possible for scientific purposes.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full post in original German: Bund bewilligt Feldversuch mit Gen-Weizen

Read full length Google Translated post: Covenant granted field trials with gene wheat

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