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Assessment of risk of insect-resistant transgenic crops to nontarget arthropods
Nature Biotechnology
  • Jörg Romeis, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART
  • Detlef Bartsch, Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
  • Franz Bigler, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART
  • Marco P. Candolfi, Innovative Environmental Services (IES) Ltd
  • Marco M C Gielkens, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
  • Susan E. Hartley, University of Sussex at Brighton
  • Richard L. Hellmich, Iowa State University
  • Joseph E. Huesing, Monsanto Company
  • Paul C. Jepson, Oregon State University
  • Raymond Layton, DuPont Drop Genetics
  • Hector Quemada, Calvin College
  • Alan Raybould, Syngenta
  • Robyn I. Rose, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Joachim Schiemann, Institute for Biosafety of Genetically Modified Plants
  • Mark K. Sears, University of Guelph
  • Anthony M. Shelton, Cornell University
  • Jeremy Sweet, The Green
  • Zigfridas Vaituzis, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Jeffrey D. Wolt, Iowa State University
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An international initiative is developing a scientifically rigorous approach to evaluate the potential risks to nontarget arthropods (NTAs) posed by insect-resistant, genetically modified (IRGM) crops. It adapts the tiered approach to risk assessment that is used internationally within regulatory toxicology and environmental sciences. The approach focuses on the formulation and testing of clearly stated risk hypotheses, making maximum use of available data and using formal decision guidelines to progress between testing stages (or tiers). It is intended to provide guidance to regulatory agencies that are currently developing their own NTA risk assessment guidelines for IRGM crops and to help harmonize regulatory requirements between different countries and different regions of the world.

This article is from Nature Biotechnology; 26 (2008); 203-208; doi:10.1038/nbt1381

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Jörg Romeis, Detlef Bartsch, Franz Bigler, Marco P. Candolfi, et al.. "Assessment of risk of insect-resistant transgenic crops to nontarget arthropods" Nature Biotechnology Vol. 26 Iss. 2 (2008) p. 203 - 208
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