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Modified Organism
Sugar beet modified for herbicide tolerance
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2015-10-21 08:42 UTC (german_bch@bvl.bund.de)
Date of last update
2020-03-26 15:27 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2020-03-26 15:27 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)

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LMO name
Sugar beet modified for herbicide tolerance
Transformation event
Monsanto Europe S.A.
Avenue de Tervuren 270-272
Belgium, B-1150
The T227-1 sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) was modified with the insertion of Agrobacterium tumefaciens 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (EPSPS) to confer herbicide tolerance to the glyphosate. The variation in the bacterial enzyme allows the plant to tolerate otherwise lethal doses of glyphosate.

The beet lines T227-1 and H7 (Record ID: 14773 - see below) are independent transformation lines containing the same genetic elements.
Recipient Organism or Parental Organisms
The term Recipient organism refers to an organism (either already modified or non-modified) that was subjected to genetic modification, whereas Parental organisms refers to those that were involved in cross breeding or cell fusion.
Beta vulgaris - Common beet, Sugarbeet, BETMA
Related LMOs
KM-ØØØH71-4 - Roundup Ready™ sugar beet
Resistance to herbicides - Glyphosate
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Characteristics of the transformation process
Techniques used for the modification
  • Agrobacterium-mediated DNA transfer
Genetic elements construct
FMV 34S promoter
0.67 Kb
Chloroplast transit peptide 2
0.23 Kb
5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase gene
1.37 Kb
rbcS-E9 gene terminator
0.64 Kb
Further details
Notes regarding the genetic elements introduced or modified in this LMO
Transcription of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (epsps) gene is under control of the Figwort Mosaic Virus 35S promoter and the Pisum sativum Rubisco small subunit (rbcS-E9) terminator. The transcript contains an Arabidopsis thaliana chloroplast transit peptide at the 5' end of the transcript to facilitate post-translational targeting to the chloroplast. Due to the viral promoter, transcription is expected to occur constitutively at elevated levels.

Please note: the nucleic acid sequence of the epsps gene was codon-optimized for expression in plants.
LMO characteristics
Modified traits
Common use(s)
  • Research
Additional Information
Additional Information
The sugar beet lines T227-1 and H7-1 are independent transformation events harbouring the same genetic elements. 
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