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This list of testsites has been compiled from information produced by the Biotechnology Unit of the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions. There is a KEY available at the end of the table.

08/04/04 UPDATE: At present the only GM crop trial being carried out in the UK in 2004 is a research and development trial of GM peas by John Innes Centre in Norwich, (TG 180070). This is the second year of a two year trial. More information on this trial from DEFRA. A new table for 2003-2004 will be added shortly as will an update to the 2002-2003 table

If you have any additional information that would increase the accuracy of this table please email us at

You can see the data for the following periods:

 

Crops planted from Autumn 1999 and harvested by Autumn 2000

This list was last updated on September 14 2000. This was the final update.

Click here to see this data in map form.

 

Hide columns: Farm Address | Company | Gmo Ref | Crop | Area | Sown | Harvest | Traits

Show columns: Grid Ref | Status

 

Farm Address

Company

Gmo Ref

Crop

Area

Sown

Harvest

Traits

 
ABERDEENSHIRE

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

SAC 

97/R14/7 

SOSR 

0.001 

 

 

LA 

NIAB 

98/R20/2 

S/W0SR 

10 

rotation 

rotation 

LLor RR 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

* 0.04 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

 
ANGUS

? Liff 

SAC 

00/R23/7 

Potatoes 

0.2 

apr 

oct 

AS, AB 

 
MIDLOTHIAN

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

0.04 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

 
CUMBRIA

Wellington Farm, Sandwith Newton 

Monsanto 

99/R22/17 

F Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

 
YORKSHIRE

Aventis 

97/R19/13 

S Beet 

0.5 

mar-apr 

oct-dec 

LL AB CM 

Novartis 

99/R21/6 

S Beet 

0.03 

mar-may 

jul-sep 

RR 

Leeds uni 

98/R31 /1 

Potatoes 

0.1 

apr 

oct 

NR 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Aventis 

00/R33 /2 

S Beet 

*1 

 

 

LL AB 

Aventis 

none 

F Maize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

Advanta 

00/R13/10 

S Beet 

*1.5 

feb-jun 

sep.dec 

LL 

? Armthorpe 

Monsanto 

99/R22/17 

F Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Monsanto 

99/R22/17 

F Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

0.04 

winter 99 

 

LL SL 

 
HUMBERSIDE

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

Aventis 

none 

Fmaize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

 
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

ADAS Gleadthorpe, Meden Vale 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

1.6 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

ADAS Gleadthorpe, Meden Vale 

Novartis 

99/R21/6 

S Beet 

0.03 

mar-may 

jul-sep 

RR 

ADAS Gleadthorpe, Meden Vale 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

ADAS Gleadthorpe, Meden Vale 

Monsanto 

99/R22/17 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

0.05 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

 
LINCOLNSHIRE

Advanta Seeds,Boothby Graffoe 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

* 0.04 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

Advanta Seeds,Boothby Graffoe 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

Advanta Seeds,Boothby Graffoe 

Aventis 

none 

Fmaize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

Advanta Seeds,Boothby Graffoe 

Advanta 

00/R13/10 

S Beet 

*1.5 

feb-jun 

sep.dec 

LL 

Barr Farm, Edlington 

Aventis 

97/R19/13 

S Beet 

0.5 

mar-apr 

oct-dec 

LL AB CM 

Barr Farm, Edlington 

Novartis 

99/R21/6 

S Beet 

0.03 

mar-may 

jul-sep 

RR 

Barr Farm, Edlington 

Aventis 

00/R33/2 

S Beet 

*1 

 

 

LL AB 

Barr Farm, Edlington 

Advanta 

00/R13/10 

S Beet 

*1.5 

feb-jun 

sep.dec 

LL 

Monmouth House, Long Sutton 

Aventis 

97/R19/13 

S Beet 

0.5 

mar-apr 

oct-dec 

LL AB CM 

Monmouth House, Long Sutton 

Novartis 

99/R21/6 

S Beet 

0.03 

mar-may 

jul-sep 

RR 

Monmouth House, Long Sutton 

Aventis 

00/R33/2 

S Beet 

*1 

 

 

LL AB 

Monmouth House, Long Sutton 

Advanta 

00/R13/10 

S Beet 

*1.5 

feb-jun 

sep.dec 

LL 

Home Farm, Spittal in the Street 

Aventis 

none 

Fmaize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

Home Farm, Spittal in the Street 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

** 10 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

Dalby Farms Ltd., Brigsley 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

* 0.04 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

The Old Rectory, Croxby 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

** 10 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

Wickham Hall, Burgh on Bain 

Monsanto 

99/R22/17 

F Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Heath Farm, Sudbrook 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

? Gedney Hill 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

? North Kelsey 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

 
CHESHIRE

? Aston 

Aventis 

none 

FMaize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

 
FLINTSHIRE, NORTH WALES

? Sealand 

Aventis 

none 

FMaize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

 
SHROPSHIRE

Aventis 

97/R19/13 

S Beet 

0.5 

mar-apr 

oct-dec 

LL AB CM 

Novartis 

99/R21/6 

S Beet 

0.03 

mar-may 

jul-sep 

RR 

Aventis 

00/R33/2 

S Beet 

*1 

 

 

LL AB 

Advanta 

00/R13/10 

S Beet 

*1.5 

feb-jun 

sep.dec 

LL 

? Beckbury 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

? Ash Parva 

Monsanto 

99/R22/17 

F Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

? Prees Heath 

Aventis 

none 

FMaize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

 
WORCESTERSHIRE

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

* 0.04 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

 
HEREFORDSHIRE

? Preston Wynne 

Aventis 

none 

FMaize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

? Preston Wynne 

Monsanto 

99/R22/17 

F Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

 
WARWICKSHIRE

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

 
GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

? Down Hatherley 

Monsanto 

99/R22/17 

F Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

 
OXFORDSHIRE

Aventis 

97/R19/13 

S Beet 

2 X 0.5 

mar-apr 

oct-dec 

LL AB CM 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

2 tests 

may 

jul-sep 

LL SL 

Aventis 

00/R33/2 

S Beet 

*1 

 

 

LL AB 

IVEM 

98/R3/5 

VIRUS* 

0.02 

Spring 

Autumn 

BV 

 
CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

* 0.04 

winter 99 

 

LL SL 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

* 0.04 

winter 99 

 

LL SL 

Aventis 

97/R19/13 

S Beet 

0.5 

mar-apr 

oct-dec 

LL AB CM 

Aventis 

00/R33/2 

S Beet 

*1 

 

 

LL AB 

Monsanto 

99/R22/18 

F Beet 

* 2 

feb 

Jan-1 

RR 

NIAB 

98/R20/2 

WOSR 

10 

rotation 

rotation 

LL or RR 

NIAB 

98/R20/2 

WOSR 

10 

rotation 

rotation 

LL or RR 

NIAB 

00/R20/4 

Potatoes 

0.001 

apr 

dec 

NR AS AB 

Novartis 

99/R21/6 

S Beet 

0.03 

mar-may 

jul-sep 

RR 

Adv Tech 

00/R4/9 

Potatoes 

0.4 

apr 

nov 

AS 

Advanta 

00/R13/10 

S Beet 

*1.5 

feb-jun 

sep.dec 

LL 

Monsanto 

98/R22/12 

S Beet 

mar-may 

sep-jan 

RR 

Monsanto 

99/R22/17 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Novartis 

99/R21/6 

S Beet 

0.03 

mar-may 

jul-sep 

RR 

IACR 

99/R32/1 

S/Fbeet 

Oct-99 

feb-apr 

RR 

Monsanto 

98/R22/12 

S Beet 

mar-may 

sep-jan 

RR 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

* 0.04 

winter 99 

 

LL SL 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Biogemma 

99/R5/15 

SOSR 

0.005 

jan-mar 

jul-sep 

PS 

Biogemma 

99/R5/16 

Wheat 

0.03 

mar-may 

jul-sep 

AP RA 

IACR 

99/R32/1 

S/Fbeet 

Oct-99 

feb-apr 

RR 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

* 0.04 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

Aventis 

97/R19/13 

S Beet 

2 X 0.5 

mar-apr 

oct-dec 

LL AB CM 

Aventis 

97/R19/18 

SOSR 

 

mar-apr 

oct-dec 

LL SL 

Aventis 

00/R33/2 

S Beet 

*1 

 

 

LL AB 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

 
NORFOLK

NIAB 

98/R20/2 

WOSR 

10 

rotation 

rotation 

LL or RR 

Aventis 

00/R33/2 

S Beet 

2 tests 

 

 

LL AB 

IACR 

99/R32/1 

S/F beet 

Oct-99 

feb-apr 

RR 

Novartis 

99/R21/6 

S Beet 

0.03 

mar-may 

jul-sep 

RR 

Aventis 

97/R19/13 

S Beet 

2 X 0.5 

mar-apr 

oct-dec 

LL AB CM 

Advanta 

00/R13/10 

S Beet 

*1.5 

feb-jun 

sep.dec 

LL 

IACR 

98/R20/3 

S Beet 

mar 

dec 

LL or RR AB 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Aventis 

none 

FMaize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Monsanto 

98/R22/12 

S Beet 

mar-may 

sep-jan 

RR 

 
SUFFOLK

Aventis 

97/R19/13 

S Beet 

0.5 

mar-apr 

oct-dec 

LL AB CM 

NIAB 

98/R20/2 

WOSR 

10 

rotation 

rotation 

LL or RR 

IACR 

98/R20/3 

S Beet 

mar 

dec 

LL or RR AB 

Monsanto 

98/R22/12 

S Beet 

mar-may 

sep-jan 

RR 

IACR 

99/R32/1 

S/F beet 

Oct-99 

feb-apr 

RR 

Aventis 

00/R33/2 

S beet 

*1 

 

 

LL AB 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

0.12 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

Monsanto 

99/R22/16 

S Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

Monsanto 

99/R22/17 

F Beet 

**2-10 

Spring 

Winter 

RR 

? Kenny Hill 

Monsanto 

98/R22/12 

S Beet 

mar-may 

sep-jan 

RR 

 
HERTFORDSHIRE

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

** 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

** 

mar-may 

aug-oct 

LL SL 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

Aventis 

00/R33/1 

SOSR 

mar-apr 

jul-sep 

LL SL 

NIAB 

98/R20/2 

WOSR 

10 

rotation 

rotation 

Ll or RR 

Aventis 

none 

FMaize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

Biogemma 

99/R5/16 

SOSR 

0.005 

jan-mar 

jul-sep 

PS 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

* 0.04 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

Aventis 

98/R19/18 

WOSR 

0.15 

Win99 

 

LL SL 

 
BERKSHIRE

Astra-Zeneca 

00/R1/11 

Potatoes 

0.4 

apr 

nov 

SFR 

Astra-Zeneca 

00/R1/12 

Potatoes 

0.1 

may 

nov 

SP ABR 

 
ESSEX

? Wivenhoe 

Aventis 

none 

FMaize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

 
SOMERSET

Biogemma 

99/R5/16 

SOSR 

0.005 

jan-mar 

jul-sep 

PS 

 
DORSET

Aventis 

none 

F Maize 

** 

 

 

LL AB CM 

 
 

Key:

Grid Ref
Grid references, four number refs will be updated to six number refs when information is available
Farm Address
Grouped by county. Addresses of farms hosting test sites are no longer made public, only the parish names are supplied. Over time we hope to fill in the addresses. If you can help with this please us.
Company

Aventis= formerly known as AgrEvo. AgrEvo's German parent company Hoescht have merged with Rhone-Poulenc to create Aventis.
Advanta= Seed company owned by Astra-Zeneca
Adv. Tech= Advanced Technologies, based in Cambridge
SAC
= Scottish Agricultural College
NIAB= National Institute of Agricultural Botany
IACR= Institute of Arable Crop Research
IVEM= Oxford University's Institute of Virology & Environmental Microbiology.
SCRI
= Scottish Crop Research Institute
GMO Ref
quote this reference when in communication with the government's Biotech Unit; there is a dossier of information available on each of these tests from them.
Crop
WOSR
= Winter oil seed rape, SOSR= Spring oil seed rape, S Beet= Sugar Beet, F Beet= Fodder Beet, F Maize= Fodder Maize, S Wheat= Spring Wheat.

Area
Maximum area of test crop in hectares.
* = National Seed List - site size is 'per variety'
**= government sponsored "Farm Scale Trials", all are the split field design, half the field is GE and half is a non-GE, and there is a non-GE border crop. Except where stated, these are up to 10 hectares in size, more exact areas may be available soon.

Traits
RR= "Roundup Ready" Resistant to Monsanto's patented broad-spectrum herbicide, active ingredient glyphosate.
LL= "Liberty Link" Resistant to Aventis' patented broad-spectrum herbicide glufosinate ammonium, sold as Liberty.
SL= Aventis' patented system for producing oil seed rape hybrids by using genetically engineered male sterility.
SP= Astra-Zeneca's "switchable promoter" allows genes to be switched on and off, dubbed "Traitor Technology".
SFR=Switchable fungal resistance genes, an application of Traitor Technology
AB= GM Crops known to contain antibiotic resistance marker genes.
DR =Disease Resistant
AS= Altered starch and sugar content.
AP= Altered proteins
HL= High Laurate acid content
RA
= Resistant to Asulam herbicide.
NR= Resistance to nematodes, microscopic soil creatures.
CM= Cauliflower Mosiac Virus (CamV) used as a vector in GE process.
PS= Oil seed rape engineered to have reduced pod shatter.
BV= This organism is a GE baculovirus, an insect attacking virus made more deadly, tested for use as an insecticide (sprayed on plants).
Status
Destroyed= Test site destroyed by public
Damaged= Test site damaged by public
Abandoned= Trial abandoned by company due to crop failure or damage by public

(VCU)= National Seed Listing Trial for Value for Cultivation and Use
(DUS)= National Seed Listing Trial for Distinctiveness, Uniformity and Stability

 

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