University of Zurich Applies for Renewal of Release Authorisation for Powdery Mildew-Resistant Wheat Lines
6.01.2021. Since 2014, University of Zurich (UZH) researchers have been conducting field trials on the Protected Site at Agroscope Reckenholz with genetically modified (GM) wheat with improved powdery-mildew resistance conferred by Pm resistance genes from wheat (description of the project. In order to expand their research questions, they want to sow in the current trials some of the genetically modified wheat lines that had already been released previously. Since the authorisation for these plants had expired in 2018, they submitted a new release application (in German) for these wheat lines to the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). The UZH proposes to implement the same safety measures imposed on them by the FOEN in the current field trial. In the coming weeks, the FOEN will examine the application as well as the comments and opinions received and will probably decide in spring whether to approve these wheat lines for field trials again.