herbicide tolerance (glyphosate)
According to the Belgian protocol for transgenic sugar beets a border of ryegrass or naked soil of 5 m needs to be guaranteed. If harvest or destruction of the trial is planned after the start of the sugar beet dig up campaign an additional isolation distance of 25 m to neighbouring sugar beet crops needs to be applied. Sugar beets are only tested during the vegetative stage. Bolters and volunteer plants will be destroyed, the vegetative material by chopping and incorporation in the soil.
After the trial the field will be followed up during 2 years. The first year after cultivation of the GM beets only a monocot can be cultivated. The second year all crops except beet are allowed.
Authorization procedure completed. The notifier was granted authorization from the Federal Minister to perform the trial.
Awaiting the validation of the sugar beet protocol for the year 2001, the previous protocol (valid for the year 2000) remains in place. A post-release treatment will destroy any left-over plant material. All the operations conducted during the trial will be recorded in a logbook, according to the sugar beet protocol. No trials will be carried out in 2002.
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Information related to the decision procedure
The Biosafety Advisory Council a.i. issued a positive advice (with conditions) for this field trial.
The Federal Minister gave a final decision (positive with conditions) for this field trial.