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 proteins that can inactivate E. coli bacteria. This feature will be an addition to the animals own immunity and help animals to better withstand diseases, according to Novoplant. The first crops are expected to be available in 2010.
Because we cannot [in Europe] use antibiotics in feed anymore, such modified crops may be an alternative.