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

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S. Arpaia *
A. Messéan
N.A. Birch
H. Hokannen
S. Härtel
J. van Loon
G. Lovei
J. Park
H. Spreafico
G.R. Squire
I. Steffan-Dewenter
C. Tebbe
H. van der Voet
(*) Corresponding Author:
S. Arpaia | salvatore.arpaia@enea.it

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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