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.
Factsheet: New plant breeding techniques
An expert group is currently working on a factsheet about the potential and challenges in the application of new molecular and genetic technologies to plant breeding.
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.
Find out more about genetic engineering in plants on our thematic portal
Other topics of interest
25 années du programmes BMBF sur la recherche en biosécurité
BMBF 2014 (en allemand)
Planting the future: opportunities and challenges for using crop genetic improvement technologies for sustainable agriculture