B/CH/18/03 (B18003): Application to release genetically modified maize strains with improved resistance against phytopathogenic fungi for experimental purposes

Request authorised March 2, 2020

Publication in the Federal Law Gazette (BBl):

Applicant: University of Zurich, Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology 

Organism: Maize

Property: improved resistance against phytopathogenic fungi

Genetic modification:

- Gene of interest

  1. Native Lr34 promotor sequence from wheat
  2. Fungi resistance gene Lr34 from wheat
  3. Native Lr34 termination sequence from wheat

- Marker gene

  1. Promoter: Ubiquitin promoter from maize
  2. Selection marker gene: hpt from Escherichia coli
  3. Terminator: 35S termination sequence from the cauliflower mosaic virus

Purpose of experiment:

  • Assessment of the transgenic plants’ resistance against fungal diseases in field conditions
  • Analysis of possible effects of the transgene on the plants
  • Clarification of biosafety aspects related to the release of transgenic maize

Location of experiment:

  • Protected site of Agroscope at the site of Zurich, Reckenholz, Reckenholzstrasse 191, 8046 Zurich

Duration of experiment: spring 2019 to autumn 2023

Legal basis:

  • Gene Technology Act (GTA)
  • Release Ordinance (RO)



Last modification 28.02.2023

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