Biotech Updates

Rothamsted's GM Wheat Field Work Completed

January 8, 2014

Scientists at Rothamsted Research have completed the field trials of biotech wheat on December 31, 2013. The scientists used biotech tools to genetically engineer wheat that produces high levels of aphid-repelling odor called (E)-β-farnesene.

The GM Inspectorate regularly visited the trial site throughout the two-year experiment and their inspection reports are available at They conclude: "The GM Inspectorate is content that the release was consistent with the conditions of the consent and did not identify any risks to human health or the environment posed by the genetically modified organism".

The study is funded by the UK Government through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research (BBSRC).

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