German biotech company Novoplant plans to carry out field trials with newly developed medicinal peas, that can be used as raw material in animal feed.
The peas are modified with a gene to produce antibodies.
They will be an addition to the animals own immunity and help animals to better withstand diseases, according to Novoplant.
Because antibiotics cannot be used in feed anymore, modified crops like these may be an alternative.
The first crops are expected to be available in 2010, says Dieter Falkenburg, director of the company.
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