The application of genetic engineering to plant breeding (so-called “green genetic engineering”) has been the subject of controversial debate for many years. Which benefits and risks would be linked to the cultivation of genetically modified crops in Switzerland? How should research and cultivation be regulated? Which ethical questions have to be considered? The Forum for Genetic Research promotes fact-based dialogue based on science.
For several years, the Forum for Genetic Research has been intensively engaged with the topic of genetic and molecular methods for plant breeding and the benefits and risks of genetically modified crops for Swiss agriculture. Below you will find an overview of our projects in this field.
We also run a thematic portal on green genetic engineering.
In Septembre 2017, the Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) has launched the Evidence Review Group on "Risks and benefits of agro-gene-technology in the Swiss context". The Forum for Genetic Research is participating in this project.
An overview of earlier publications and activities on the topic of green genetic engineering. Further information is also available on our thematic portal on green genetic engineering.
New plant breeding techniques - potential and challenges (in German)
January 27th 2015, UniS, Bern
In collaboration with the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEV) and the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG)
Green genetic engineering for sustainable agriculture (in German)
March 27th 2013, Hotel Ador, Bern
In collaboration with the "Platform Biology" and supported by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences.
25 Jahre BMBF-Forschungsprogramme zur biologischen Sicherheitsforschung
Planting the future: opportunities and challenges for using crop genetic improvement technologies for sustainable agriculture