Assessing and monitoring impacts of genetically modified plants on agro-ecosystems: the approach of AMIGA project

  • S. Arpaia | salvatore.arpaia@enea.it ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Environment, Research Center, Trisaia di Rotondella, Italy.
  • A. Messéan INRA, Unité Eco-Innov, Thiverval-Grignon, France.
  • N.A. Birch The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, United Kingdom.
  • H. Hokannen Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • S. Härtel Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Germany.
  • J. van Loon Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen, Netherlands.
  • G. Lovei Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Slagelse, Denmark.
  • J. Park Department of Agriculture, University of Reading, United Kingdom.
  • H. Spreafico Minerva Consulting and Communication Sprl., Bruxelles, Belgium.
  • G.R. Squire The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, United Kingdom.
  • I. Steffan-Dewenter Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Germany.
  • C. Tebbe Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Institute for Biodiversity, Braunschweig, Germany.
  • H. van der Voet Biometris, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands.

Abstract

The environmental impacts of genetically modified crops is still a controversial issue in Europe. The overall risk assessment framework has recently been reinforced by the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA) and its implementation requires harmonized and efficient methodologies. The EU-funded research project AMIGA − Assessing and monitoring Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems − aims to address this issue, by providing a framework that establishes protection goals and baselines for European agro-ecosystems, improves knowledge on the potential long term environmental effects of genetically modified (GM) plants, tests the efficacy of the EFSA Guidance Document for the Environmental Risk Assessment, explores new strategies for post market monitoring, and provides a systematic analysis of economic aspects of Genetically Modified crops cultivation in the EU. Research focuses on ecological studies in different EU regions, the sustainability of GM crops is estimated by analysing the functional components of the agro-ecosystems and specific experimental protocols are being developed for this scope.

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2014-06-27
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Ecology
Keywords:
enetically modified crops, non-target organisms, environmental risk assessment, long-term effects, protection goals, post-market environmental monitoring
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Arpaia, S., MesséanA., Birch, N., Hokannen, H., HärtelS., van Loon, J., Lovei, G., Park, J., Spreafico, H., Squire, G., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Tebbe, C., & van der Voet, H. (2014). Assessing and monitoring impacts of genetically modified plants on agro-ecosystems: the approach of AMIGA project. Entomologia, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.4081/entomologia.2014.154