Biotech Updates

EC JRC Publishes New Summary Plant Notifcations

February 10, 2012

The European Commission's Joint Research Center published 29 new summary notifications for the deliberate release and placing on the European Union market of genetically modified organisms. Spain had the most number of notifications at 23 from KSW SAAT Ag, Monsanto Europe, Syngenta Seeds, Bayer Crop Science, and Public University of Navarre. GM crops include sugarbeet, maize, and cotton.

The Czech Republic had a notification from Agritec Research, Breeding and Services Ltd.,  to study the transformation of flax aimed at fatty acid desaturate 2 gene inactivation; Hungary through the Central Food Research Institute for environmental risk assessment of GM maize; Sweden through the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences for research on barley; and Slovakia's Plant Production Research Center Plestany for field trials of Bt maize.

See the details of the notifications at