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Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2010-09-20 07:50 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of last update
2017-05-22 14:15 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of publication
2017-07-13 15:37 UTC (ursula.monnerjahn@bmel.bund.de)

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General information
Country submitting the decision or communication
  • Germany
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the decision or communication
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety
Mauerstrasse 39-42
Germany, 10117
Url:http://www.biosafety-bch.de (english language),BVL Homepage (English)
Title / Reference number of the decision or communication
6786-01-0145; Decision regarding the deliberate release (field trial) of genetically modified poplars (Populus x canescens) transformed with plasmid p70gshI issued by the German Competent Authority
Date of the decision
Is the decision taken prior to entry into force of the Protocol?
  • Germany
Is this an amendment to a previous decision / communication?
Decision or communication details
Subject(s) of the decision
  • Decision on LMOs for intentional introduction into the environment (according Article 10 or domestic regulatory framework)
Was the decision triggered by a request for a transboundary movement of LMOs into the country?
Does the decision apply to transboundary movements of LMO(s) into the country?
Importer’s or Applicant’s contact details
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institut für Forstbotanik und Baumphysiologie [Institute of Forest Botany and Tree Physiology]
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (ALU)
Georges-Köhler-Allee 53/54
Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg
Germany, 79110
Phone:+49 761 203-8300
Fax:+49 761 203-8302
Url:University of Freiburg, Chair of Tree Physiology
Result of the decision
  • Approval of the import/use of the LMO(s) with conditions
some confinement measures:
• field trial takes place on two 0.16 ha fenced sites
• an area 15 m wide surrounding the field trials must be controlled adequately on occurrence of gentically modified poplars, these must be destroyed.
• any plant material must be carried in closed and clearly marked repositories
• during flowering period of poplars the genetically modified plants must be monitored on flower setting at least twice a week. Any gm trees settings must be destroyed before flowering.
• the trees must be covered in a way that impedes loss of leaves.
• Likewise, the leaves remaining on the site must be stored in a way that loss is impeded. A plastic layer shall cover the soil where these leaves will be stored.
• after the end of the field trial remaining fertile plant material must be destroyed in a way that impedes germination.
• control of release site and surrounding 15 m wide area for volunteers 2 years after end of experiments, volunteers have to be destroyed. Cultivation of plants that ease control for volunteers, no trees before volunteer control is finished.
To comply with requirements of Directive 2001/18/EC, Gentechnikgesetz [German Gene Technology Act]:
reduce possibility of GMO spread/establishment.
Does the decision involve field trials?
Does the decision involve commercial release?
LMO identification
Poplar modified for increased glutathione content
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin Use in industrial applications - Bioremediation
Risk assessment
6786-01-0145; Summary of the risk assessment of a deliberate release (field trial) of genetically modified poplars (Populus x canescens) transformed with plasmids p70gshI issued by the German Competent Authority
Poplar modified for increased glutathione content
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin
Use in industrial applications - Bioremediation
Additional Information
Additional Information
type of decision: field trial
LMO: ggs11
legal basis: Directive 2001/18/EC, Gentechnikgesetz [German Gene Technology Act]
scope: test of field performance of LMO
authorization valid from 28 April 2003 to 31 December 2005
locations: experimental fields located in 2 different villages in Germany; for details see German LMO/GMO location register (http://apps2.bvl.bund.de/stareg_web/showflaechen.do)
size: 1.600 m²/site/year
max. 72 LMO/site

- There is a Summary Notification Information Format available on the Internet (WebSNIF) for B/DE/02/145

Publications regarding this field trial:
Arisi, A.-C.M., Noctor, G., Foyer, C.H. & Jouanin, L. (1997) Modification of thiol contents in poplars (Populus tremula x P. alba) overexpressing enzymes involved in glutathione synthesis. Planta, 203: 362-372.

G. Gyulai, M. Humphreys, A. Bittsánszky, K. Skot, J. Kiss, L. Skot, G. Gullner, S. Heywood, Z. Szabo, A. Lovatt, L. Radimszky, H. Roderick, M. Abberton, H. Rennenberg, T. Kömives, L. Heszky: AFLP analysis and improved phytoextraction capacity of transgenic gshI poplar clones Populus x canescens L for Copper in vitro Z. Naturforsch, 2005; 60c: 300-306

# A.D. Peuke, H. Rennenberg: Phytoremediation with transgenic trees. Z. Naturforsch., 2005; 60c: 199-207

# A.D. Peuke, H. Rennenberg: Phytoremediation: Molecular biology requirements for application environmental protection public attention and feasibility EMBO Reports, 2005; 6: 497-501

T. Hartmann, P. Hönicke, M. Wirtz, R. Hell, H. Rennenberg, S. Kopriva: Regulation of sulphate assimilation by glutathione in poplars Populus tremula x P alba of wild type and overexpressing γ-glutamylcysteine synthetase in the cytosol J Exp Bot, 2004; 55: 837-845