National research projects

Austrian research on co-existence and traceability

No genetically modified plants have been approved in Austria. Consequently, there are no practical research projects on co-existence. However, there was one literature study, which ended in 2004, that developed recommendations on how to implement coexistence. It concluded that the best way would be to set up GM-free zones.

The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) finished a research project on coexistence in 2004. It analysed the production of seed in defined production processes to avoid contamination with GMO. Two further AGES projects are still in progress. The first project elaborates a model for GMO cultivation in Austria, the second project investigates the maximum rate of foreign pollination in maize fields.

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