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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 2002 and harvested by Autumn 2003

This table contains the winter oilseed rape National Seed Listing trials (all 00/R33/6 and 00/R33/6s references) and the Winter Farm Scale Evaluation trials for winter oilseed rape. Please note that these were the last of the Farm Scale Evaluation trials. They were harvested in Autumn 2003.

If you have any additional information about these trials please email

This list was last updated on January 8th 2004. This was the final update.

Click here to see this data in map form.

 

Hide columns: Farm Address | Area | Sown | Harvest | Traits | Status

Show columns: Grid Ref | Company | Gmo Ref | Crop

 

Farm Address

Area

Sown

Harvest

Traits

Status

 
Aberdeenshire

Daviot 

**6 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

100% destroyed 3.Oct.2002 

Udny Station 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

VCU trial 

Tillycorthie 

0.0012ha 

Oct-Nov 

July-Aug 

HL AB 

 

 
Fife

Newport-on-Tay 

**11 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

Giant X cut through crop 1.Dec.2002 

 
Durham

Oakenshaw 

**5 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

 
City of Sunderland

Near Burdon village 

**11 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

 
North Yorkshire

Sand Hutton 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

DUS trial Decontaminated 

 
West Yorkshire

Bramham 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

VCU trial 

 
East Riding of Yorkshire

Kilpin 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

Nunburnholme 

**8 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

Nafferton 

**<15 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

Harpham 

**6 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

 
Warrington

Lymm 

**5 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

 
Lincolnshire

Thorganby 

**11 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

Thorganby 

*400m2 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

VCU trial Decontaminated 

Thorganby 

4 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

Ludford, East Wykeham & Ludford Magna 

**11 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

 

 
Nottinghamshire

Meden Vale 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

VCU trial 

 
Cambridgeshire

Melbourn 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

VCU trial - 2/3 destroyed 

Ramsey 

0.3-1ha 

Feb 

Sept 

RR 

 

Thornhaugh 

1000 m2 

Mar 

Nov 

AS 

not yet authorised 

 
Hertfordshire

Harpenden (Rothamstead) 

approx 52m2 

Mar-May 

Jul-Sep 

AS  

 

Harpenden (Rothamstead) 

48m2 gm and 32m2 non-GM 

Mar-May 

Jul-Sep 

AP 

 

 
Shropshire

Hordley 

**9 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

 
Herefordshire

Felton 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

VCU trial 

 
Warwickshire

Stratford upon Avon 

**6 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

 
Worcestershire

Stone 

0.3-1ha 

Feb 

Sept 

RR 

 

 
Oxfordshire

Hinton Waldrist 

**4 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

Shellingford 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

VCU trial - possibly eaten by rabbits 

 
Berkshire

Bracknell (Jealotts Hill) 

20x25m +5m border 

Feb 

Oct 

FR 

 

 
Dorset

Bincombe 

**5 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

 
Hertfordshire

Great Gaddesden 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

Piccotts End 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

VCU trial 

 
Norfolk

Great Moulton 

**8 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

Banham 

*400m2 

Aug-Oct 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

VCU trial Decontaminated 

Banham 

0.3-1ha 

Feb 

Sept 

RR 

 

Raynham 

0.3-1ha 

Feb 

Sept 

RR 

 

Bradenham 

0.3-1ha 

Feb 

Sept 

RR 

 

Colney 

2x2m2 inside 40x15m polytunnel (no80) 

Apr-May 

Sept-Oct 

DT 

 

Cloney 

30m2 

Feb 

Sept 

AS 

 

 
Kent

High Halden 

**7 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL  

 

Brookland/ Ivy Church 

**11 ha 

Aug-Sept 

July-Sept 

LL SL 

withdrawn - replaced by TA 015 620 

 
 

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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