VIB is conducting a three-year field trial with genetically modified maize in collaboration with ILVO. This maize has altered growth characteristics. The maize produces larger leaves and thicker stems. The aim of the field trial is to find out how the plant performs under realistic growing conditions and to see whether the changed growth characteristics also lead to a higher cob yield.
For the second season of the field trial, the researchers made a small change. Instead of putting GMO inbred lines in the field, the researchers have now sown a GMO hybrid maize line. This hybrid is better adapted to the Flemish climate and is a better representation of the way maize is grown in practice. The genetic modification is 100% identical and nothing has changed at all in the design of the experiment.