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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 2001 and harvested by Autumn 2002

This list was last updated on February 12th 2003. This was the final update.

Click here to see this data in map form.

 

Hide columns: Gmo Ref | Crop | Area | Sown | Harvest | Traits | Status

Show columns: Grid Ref | Farm Address | Company

 

Gmo Ref

Crop

Area

Sown

Harvest

Traits

Status

 
Aberdeenshire

00/R33/7s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11s 

WOSR 

**<8 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/7s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/7s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

**<15ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

**<15ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

98/R20/2 

WOSR 

 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/5s 

WOSR 

 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/6s 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

(VCU Trial) Damaged 

00/R33/6s 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

(VCU Trial) Damaged 

00/R14/8 

OSR 

1ha GM within 3ha 

Mar-May 

Sept-Nov 

LL SL and HL AB 

Not Planted 

00/R14/9s 

SOSR 

0.0012 ha 

Oct/Nov 

July/Aug 

HL AB 

See key below* 

 
Midlothian

00/R33/6s 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

(VCU Trial) Damaged 

 
Ross-shire

00/R33/7s 

WOSR 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

Damaged and 6 bags delivered to DEFRA 

 
Fife

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

**<15ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

damaged and 2 bags delivered to DEFRA 

 
Perth

00/R23/7 

Potatoes 

<750m2 

Apr-May 

Sep-Oct 

Various 

not yet planted still awaiting consent 

 
Cumbria

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

 
Tyne and Wear

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

 
Durham

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**4 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**9 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**6 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**9 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

 
West Yorkshire

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

75% damaged 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

Discontinued 

 
North Yorkshire

00/R33/10 

WOSR 

2 ha 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

(DUS Trial) 

 
East Riding of Yorkshire

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**9 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**9 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**4 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

 
Nottinghamshire

00/R33/10 

WOSR 

2 ha 

Aug - Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**9 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**4 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

 
Lincolnshire

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**8 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

(VCU Trial) Decontaminated 

00/R33/10 

WOSR 

2 ha 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**11 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

damaged, 22 bags delivered to DEFRA 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**14 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**13 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**10 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

withdrawn 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**12 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

Withdrawn 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

Withdrawn 

 
Leicestershire

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**6 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

 
Worcestershire

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

 
Shropshire

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**8 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

replaced SJ 505 313, but then withdrawn 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

withdrawn for agronomic reasons 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**13 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

damaged, 5 bags delivered to DEFRA 

 
Herefordshire

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

 
Warwickshire

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

Oversown by the Brassica Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and 1 bag delivered to DEFRA 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**9 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

damaged, 1 bag delivered to DEFRA 

 
Gloucestershire

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

99/R22/17 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**3 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

 
Cheshire

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

damaged 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**5 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

 
Norfolk

01/R29/3 

Barley 

30m2 

Feb. 

Sept. 

AS 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

damaged 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

damaged, delivered to DEFRA 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

upto 75% damaged and some delivered to DEFRA 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

upto 75% damaged and some delivered to DEFRA 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

upto 75% damaged 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

upto 33% damaged 

 
Essex

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

damaged, delivered to DEFRA 

 
Suffolk

98/R22/12 

Beet 

<2ha 

Mar-Apr or Aug-Oct 

Jul-Aug or Feb-Apr 

RR 

upto 66% damaged 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10 ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

 
Hertfordshire

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

(VCU trial) Decontaminated/discontinued? 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

1 ha 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

98/19/18 

SOSR 

1 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

Crop Failed 

01/R8/4 

Wheat 

decomtaminated 

 

 

 

 

02/R36/01 

Wheat 

decontaminated 

 

 

 

 

 
Oxfordshire

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**8 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

damaged, 6 bags delivered to DEFRA 

00/R33/6 

WOSR 

*400m2 

Sept-Dec 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

(VCU Trial) Decontaminated 

 
Berkshire

02/R34/3 

Wheat 

 

 

 

DR 

 

 
Cambridgeshire

98/R22/12 

Beet 

<2ha 

Mar-Arp or Aug-Oct 

Jul-Aug or Feb-Apr 

RR 

 

99/R22/16 

Beet 

**2-10ha 

Mar 

Oct 

RR 

 

00/R33/10 

WOSR 

5 ha 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

98/R19/18 

SOSR 

1 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

 
Somerset

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

Farmer withdrew 

 
Dorset

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**9 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**6 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

"Pink Castled" site totally decontaminated and some delivered to DEFRA 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

site totally decontaminated and some bags delivered to DEFRA 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

withdrawn 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

withdrawn on agronomic grounds 

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

Farmer Withdrew 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**8 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

Farmer Withdrew 

00/R33/9 

SOSR 

**7 ha 

April 

Sept 

LL SL 

extra site to replace SY 708 861 

 
Kent

None 

Maize 

** 

April 

Sept 

LL 

extra site added 23/4/02 but withdrawn 07/02 

00/R33/11 

WOSR 

**12 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

 
 

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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