Notification report

General information

Notification Number

Member State to which the notification was sent

Date of acknowledgement from the Member State Competent Authority

Title of the Project
Investigation of genetically modified triticale

Proposed period of release:
01/09/2008 to 31/08/2010

Name of the Institute(s) or Company(ies)
Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, 05-870 Blonie, Poland
fax (48 22) 725 47 14,(48 22) 731 96 17

3. Is the same GMPt release planned elsewhere in the Community?

Has the same GMPt been notified elsewhere by the same notifier?

Genetically modified plant

Complete name of the recipient or parental plant(s)
Common NameFamily NameGenusSpeciesSubspeciesCultivar/breeding line
triticalePoaceeTriticaleTriticosecale WittmackBOGO

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
Tissue material was bombarded with the plasmid pDB1 (Becker et al 1994) containing the ß - glucuronidase gene (uidA) under the control of actin-1 promoter (Act1) from rice and a selectable marker gene bar (phosphinothricin acetyl transferase) under the control of the CaMV 35S promoter. Bar gene is responsible for herbicide BASTA resistance.

Becker D., Brettschneider R., Lorz H., 1994 - Fertile transgenic wheat from microprojectile bombardment of scutellar tissue. Plant Journal 5, 583-592.

Genetic modification

3. Type of genetic modification:

In case of insertion of genetic material, give the source and intended function of each constituent fragment of the region to be inserted:
The construct pDB1 (Becker et al. 1994) was used for transformation.It contains the uidA gene under the control of the rice actin-1D promoter (McElroy et al., 1990) and the bar (Phosphinothricin tolerance) gene under control of the cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter.
Phosphinothricin tolerance has been conferred to a variety of plant species by using recombinant DNA techniques to transfer genes from bacteria to enable the plant to produce an enzyme (phosphinothricin acetyl transferase; PAT).
The gene is derived from the soil bacterium Streptomyces hygroscopicus. PAT catalyses the acetylation of the L-phosphinothricin into the non herbicidally active N-acetyl-glufosinate. PAT is a highly specific enzyme, with very low affinity for substrates other than glufosinate.
Transgenic line expresses a reporter gene (uidA) encoding the enzyme beta-D-glucuronidase (GUS) from E. coli. The expression of GUS activity was used during the development phase to identify transgenic plants containing the introduced gene sequences.
Becker D., Brettschneider R., Lorz H., 1994 - Fertile transgenic wheat from microprojectile bombardment of scutellar tissue. Plant Journal 5, 583-592

6. Brief description of the method used for the genetic modification:
Particle gun method was used for transformation. For bombardment, plasmid DNA was precipitated onto gold particles of an average size between 0.4 and 1.2 µm. The precipitation mixture contained 2 mg gold particles, 5 µl of plasmid DNA (µg/µl), 20 µl spermidine-free base (0.1M) and 50 µl CaCl2 (2.5M). The particles were prepared according to Becker et al. (1994). For each shot 3.5 µl of the suspension was spread onto the surface of the macrocarrier. In the experiments a PDS 1000/He particle gun (BioRad) was used.

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
The scientific assessment of possible environmental impact of the GMOs and, especially potential for gene transfer by pollen flow. The main goal is to establish the
potential consequence arising from out-crossing to other plant cultivars that should be considered and assessed for environmental risk. This will depend on non-GM sexually compatible plants being present in regions where the GM crops are being grown and which are available to receive pollen and produce fertile hybrids.

2. Geographical location of the site:
Fields of Experimental Stations of Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, Radzikow and Mlochow, Poland

3. Size of the site (m2):
2 fields x 706 m2 x 2 localisations

4. Relevant data regarding previous releases carried out with the same GM-plant, if any, specifically related to the potential environmental and human health impacts from the release:
It was not released so far

Environmental Impact and Risk Management

Summary of the potential environmental impact from the release of the GMPts:
We do not expect any environmental impact on plants in natural environment. Triticale itself is an artificial species created by breeders and do not infuence the environment.
Triticale is primarily self-pollinating, although gene introgression into other cultivated triticale is possible. Reported outcrossing rates are about one/one and half percent and are limited by the biological characteristics of triticale. Factors including flower morphology, inability of pollen to remain viable longer than a few minutes, and a lack of insect vectors for pollen spread contribute to the low propensity of triticale to cross-pollinate.
It was determined for other species (rice, soybean, canola) that the presence of glufosinate tolerance in hybrid populations would not change the fitness characteristics nor increase weediness (e.g., emergence vigor, final height, disease resistance, fecundity, shattering, and dormancy), except for a possible tolerance to the herbicide glufosinate ammonium. However, should this occurs, current weed control practices, such as tillage or other registered herbicides, would be an effective means of controlling the hybrid plants.

Brief description of any measures taken for the management of risks:
Experiments will be established on the fields where other crops are grown. E.g. within rapeseed or sugar beet fields. It will ensure the buffer zone from other cereals that could be pollinated by triticale. Experimental fields will be permanently monitored during the time of experiments. Over next two years other than triticale plants will be grown on these fields. In spring experimental fields will be sprayed with herbicide other than BASTA. Later fields will be still monitored and possibly growing triticale plants will be removed and destroyed.

Summary of foreseen field trial studies focused to gain new data on environmental and human health impact from the release:
Transgenic triticale do not show any selection advantages over non transgenic one. This concerns other plants species existing in environment as well. We do not expect any influence of GM triticale on non target organisms like hosts, symbionts, parasites and pathogens.

Final report

European Commission administrative information

Consent given by the Member State Competent Authority:
Not known