EU plant breeding success hinges on GMO definition
The EU leads research in novel plant breeding techniques but commercial success hinges on whether the resulting products are classified as genetically modified. If the European Commission decides that these new techniques come within the scope of EU GMO legislation, then product registration costs would rise from “low” to “very high”, concludes a study by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). The Commission is evaluating the status of eight new techniques. Companies are “particularly concerned” about the outcome, as some products, including herbicide-tolerant oilseed rape and maize, disease-resistant potatoes and scab-resistant apples, are only 2-3 years from commercialisation, the JRC notes.