Host organism: Beta vulgaris (Sugar beet)
sugar beet

herbicide tolerance (glufosinate)

Project title: 
Beta vulgaris; study on the aspects of a future commercial introduction of glufosinate tolerant sugar beet in Belgian croptechnical and regulatory conditions
Aventis CropScience (AgrEvo)
Year(s) of release: 
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Effective year(s) of release: 
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Period of release: 
In 2000: Boutersem, Meldert, Piétrebais, Bierbeek / In 2001: no trials
Total surface: 
In 2000: 4800 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 (continued) - Art. 9§3 of Royal Decree of 18 December 1998

Two trials of Aventis (2100 m2) and three of IRBAB-KBIVB (2700 m2).