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Record ID
Date of creation
2009-01-21 10:34 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of last update
2020-03-02 08:54 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of publication
2020-03-09 13:02 UTC (nina.opitz@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
6786-01-0192; Decision regarding the deliberate release (field trial) of genetically modified sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) H7-1 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
PLANTA Angewandte Pflanzengenetik und Biotechnologie GmbH
Grimsehlstraße 31
Germany, 37574
Phone:+49 5561-3110
Fax:+49 5561-311243
Result of the decision
  • Approval of the import/use of the LMO(s) with conditions
- Fertile plant material has to be transported and stored in closed and clearly labelled repositories at any time outside the release site and laboratory and has to keep separately from non transgenic plant material. The label needs to distinctively describe the LMO and it needs to be noted that this sugar beet is unfit for consumption (food and feed). All remaining fertile plant material has to be destroyed by disruption of their germination capacity.
- Inspection of release site on unexpected biological traits of the LMO and reciprocal effects between LMO and other organisms has to be accomplished weekly during the experimental release and if required sufficient risk measures have to be performed.
- During and after the field trial every second weed inspection of the surrounding area [5 m] of the release site for transgenic sugar beet volunteers and their manual removal and disposal has to be accomplished. In addition the release site has to be inspected for bolters and occurring bolters have to be removed and inactivated before flowering.
- All transgenic seeds of sugar beets that are not intended to be used for further cultivation or analysis as well as transgenic seeds or parts of sugar beets that are found when cleaning the working equipment have to be disposed by disruption of their germination capacity.
- After completion of the field trial an inspection of the release site for one year on transgenic sugar beet volunteers, their removal and disposal has to be accomplished during the growing season periodically. The inspection period has to be extended for another year if sugar beet volunteers were observed. The release site must not be cultivated with plants impairing the detection of transgenic volunteers. 
- A sign indicating " Versuch mit gentechnisch veränderten Zuckerrüben. Eine Entnahme durch Unbefugte ist nicht gestattet." (test with genetically modified sugar beets, unauthorized removal is not permitted) has to be put up at the release site.
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
KM-ØØØH71-4 - Roundup Ready™ sugar beet
Resistance to herbicides - Glyphosate
Show detection method(s)
Risk assessment
6786-01-0192; Summary of the risk assessment of a deliberate release (field trial) of genetically modified organisms Beta vulgaris H7-1 issued by the German Competent Authority
KM-ØØØH71-4 - Roundup Ready™ sugar beet
Resistance to herbicides - Glyphosate
Additional Information
Additional Information
type of decision: field trial
LMO: H7-1 (KM-000H71-4)
legal basis: Directive 2001/18/EC, Gentechnikgesetz [German Gene Technology Act], EU decision 94/730/EC
scope: test of field performance of LMO
authorization valid from 31 March 2008 to 31 December 2011
locations: experimental fields located in 4 villages in Germany; for details see German LMO/GMO location register (German language only) ( http://apps2.bvl.bund.de/stareg_web/localeSwitch.do?language=en&page=/showflaechen.do?)
further sites may be notified according to EU decision 94/730/EC (simplified procedure)
size: 30.000 m²/site/year
app. 8-12 LMO/m²/site/year