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

Arpaia, S., Messéan, A., Birch, N. A., Hokannen, H., Härtel, S., Van Loon, J., Lovei, G., Park, J., Spreafico, H., Squire, G. R., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Tebbe, C. and Van der Voet, H. (2014) Assessing and monitoring impacts of genetically modified plants on agro-ecosystems: the approach of AMIGA project. Entomologia, 2 (1). ISSN 2281-9584

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To link to this item DOI: 10.4081/entomologia.2014.154

Abstract/Summary

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.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Biodiversity, Crops and Agroecosystems Division > Centre for Agri-environmental Research (CAER)
ID Code:37045
Uncontrolled Keywords:enetically modified crops, non-target organisms, environmental risk assessment, long-term effects, protection goals, post-market environmental monitoring
Publisher:Società Entomologica Italiana

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