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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ECOLOGICALLY-BASED MANAGEMENT OF INSECT PESTS OF CORN

Location: Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research

Title: A Framework for Evaluating Possible Non-Target Effects of Transgenic Corn in the United States: Standardizing Laboratory Tests

Authors
item HELLMICH, RICHARD
item PRASIFKA, JARRAD
item Wolt, Jeff - IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
item Sears, Mark - UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 2005
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Collaborators in the United States have been working on various aspects of evaluating possible effects of transgenic crops on non-target organisms. These efforts include developing a comprehensive approach for evaluating effects of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)-corn pollen on monarch butterflies and developing guidelines for monitoring transgenic crops in the field. This report focuses on efforts to standardize Tier I and Tier II laboratory tests to assess non-target effects of genetically engineered (GE) plants. An overview of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency testing guidelines is provided, and suggestions are offered for ways to standardize these tests. A core group of harmonized tests to assess non-target effects of GE plants would foster communication among scientists and regulators and ultimately would contribute to science-based decisions related to the regulation of GE crops.

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