Biotech Updates

EC-JRC Notification for Field Trial of GM Sugarbeet

January 14, 2011

The European Commission-Joint Research Center released a summary notification for field trials with Rhisomania resistant SBVR111 sugar beet, glyphosate tolerant H7-1 sugarbeet and staked SBVR111 x H7-1 sugarbeet. The trials will be conducted in three sites in the Czech Republic , namely Troubelice, Nosislav, and Unkovice, between 2011 and 2014 on a maximum area of 3,600 square meters.

Rhizomania is a disease in sugarbeet induced by the Beet Necrotic Yellow Vein Virus. SBVR111 sugarbeet expresses a gene which confers resistance to the disease through interaction with the reproductive system of the virus.

See the application dossier at