Host organism: Beta vulgaris (Sugar beet)
sugar beet

herbicide tolerance (glufosinate)

Project title: 
Five year program for the field evaluation and for the seed increase of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) lines and hybrids genetically modified (GM) to be tolerant to the herbicide glufosinate
Advanta/SES Europe
Year(s) of release: 
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
Effective year(s) of release: 
Period of release: 
March-April until September-November
In 2000: Hoegaarden, Juprelle / In 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004: no trials
Total surface: 
In 2000: 2680 m2
Containment measures: 

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.

Monitoring measures: 

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.


- The Biosafety Advisory Council a.i. issued a positive advice (with conditions) for this field trial.- Authorization procedure completed. The notifier was granted authorization from the Federal Minister to perform the trial.

Type of procedure: 
Simplified procedure (first year) - Art. 9§3 of Royal Decree of 18 December 1998

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.