Zucchini & Yellow Squash

Green zucchini and yellow summer squash are the same species, Cucurbita pepo. There are two genetically modified varieties that are resistant to certain viruses that affect squash1. Genetically modified squash can be grown only in the United States, but it can be sold as fresh produce in the U.S. and Canada2,3.

Herbicide Tolerant Insect resistant Disease resistant

United States (5,000 acres in 2011)4

  1. Komata, Jamie, Michael Melzer, and Scot Nelson. “Zucchini Yellow Mosaic.”Westcott’s Plant Disease Handbook (2008): 680. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Aug. 2014. Web.
  2. “Squash Technology Use Guide (TUG).” TUG (2013): 3. Monsanto Corporation, 2013. Web. 
  3. “Products.” Genetically Modified Squash Frequently Asked Questions. Monsanto Corporation, n.d. Web.
  4. James, Clive. 2014. Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014. ISAAA Brief  No. 49. ISAAA: Ithaca, NY. Print.