Biotech Traits

Genetic engineering is a method, not a product, which means that there are many possible traits far beyond the well-known Bt and Roundup Ready. Here you can find a list of just some of the genetically engineered traits that have been created, organized by type. We’ll do our best to provide a short description of what gene was used to develop the trait of interest, with links to the relevant peer-reviewed article as well as a link to a fact-based summary in the news or a blog post if available. Of course, this is not an all inclusive list, as many traits are not published for a variety of reasons, or we simply may have not heard of it yet. Note that many of these traits have not been commercialized.

Have you read about an interesting trait that’s missing from this list? Please let us know in the Forum, preferably with a link to a relevant peer-reviewed article. Fact-based popular press articles are welcome as well.

Hungry for more? Find additional lists of biotech traits here:

Vitamin Enrichment and Consumer Oriented Traits

Vaccines and Medicines

Disease Resistance

Climate, Abiotic Stress Resistant

Environmental Benefits

Insect Control

Weed Control

  • LibertyLink corn and soybean are tolerant to glufosinate herbicide.
  • Optimum GAT corn and soybean are tolerant to ALS-inhibitor category of herbicides.
  • Roundup Ready corn and soybean are tolerant to glyphosate.
In addition to the herbicide resistance traits that were developed by genetic engineering above, a variety of herbicide resistance traits have been developed by breeding. A few are listed below:
  • Clearfield and IMI corn was developed by selection to be tolerant to imidazolinone herbicides. Some IMI varieties also are tolerant of some sulfonylurea and sulfonamide herbicides.
  • Poast corn was developed by selection to be tolerant to sethoxydim herbicides.
  • STS soybean was developed by selection to be tolerant to sulfonylurea herbicides.