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Assessing and Monitoring the Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems

Objective

The project aims at 1 providing baseline data on biodiversity in agro-ecosystems in the EU, 2 translating regional protection goals in measurable assessment endpoints, 3 defining lists of suitable bioindicators for various European regions, 4 improving knowledge on potential long term environmental effects of genetically modified plants (GMPs), 5 testing the efficacy of the EFSA Guidance Document (GD) for the Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) of GMPs, 6 exploring new strategies for post market monitoring, 7 estimating the compatibility of GMPs with the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) principles implemented in the EU, 8 providing a systematic analysis of economical aspects of GMPs cultivation in the EU, and 9 setting a training and communication plan addressing public concerns about GMPs.
The consortium includes 22 partners (Research institutes, Universities, State Agencies and SMEs) located in 15 EU countries and. An ICPC country (Argentina) will contribute in validating the monitoring methodology in areas where GM crops are cultivated on larger scales.
A cornerstone is the application of the EFSA ERA GD, which is the basis for the update of the regulatory process of GMPs in the EU. The GD has provided ecologically sound principles for ERA, triggering the need of practically testing them. Partners of the consortium participated to the preparation of GD and 3 of them are senior authors of relevant chapters. The scientific activities will consist of case studies of maize and potato, the two GM crops currently approved for cultivation in the EU, and surveys in non-GM agro-ecosystems. The final outcome will include a network of EU representative sites for pre-market risk assessment and long-term monitoring studies, a set of standardised testing methods and a geographical information system integrating relevant datasets, protocols and tools to help EU decision-makers. To be implemented in 4 years, the project estimated costs are 7779852.15 €, requested grant 5997963 €.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Coordinator

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
00196 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 695 887
Administrative Contact
Salvatore Arpaia (Dr.)

Participants (21)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 331 663
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mette Søegaard Grathwohl (Ms.)
AGROBIOINSTITUTE
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 80 160
Address
Bul. Dragan Tzankov 8
1164 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Dimitar Djilianov (Dr.)
UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG (UBA GMBH)
Austria
EU contribution
€ 76 221
Address
Spittelauer Lande 5
1090 Wien
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Andreas Heissenberger (Dr.)
GEOSYS SA
France
EU contribution
€ 298 800
Address
Rue Vidailhan 5
31133 Balma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Damien Lepoutre (Mr.)
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 242 290
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Heikki Matti Tapio Hokkanen (Prof.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA OA MP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 316 243
Address
Carretera De La Coruna Km7.5
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Cristina Chueca (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 338 800
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antoine Messean (Dr.)
MINERVA CONSULTING & COMMUNICATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 153 600
Address
Av. De Tervuren 32-34
1040 Brussels
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hinano Spreafico (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 309 304
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Stansfield (Ms.)
INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCERTARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU STIINTE BIOLOGICE RA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 172 776
Address
Splaiul Independentei 296
060031 Bucuresti
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mihael Cristin Ichim (Dr.)
THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 339 748
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Geoffrey Squire (Prof.)
Agricultural Catchments Programme
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 223 451
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Connie Conway (Ms.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 185 808
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Burgio (Prof.)
JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI
Germany
EU contribution
€ 391 826
Address
Bundesallee 50
38116 Braunschweig
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Horst Gottfried (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 593 495
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Leeuwen
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 348 171
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rudie Jullens
JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 326 660
Address
Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Gloggengießer
SLOVENSKA POLNOHOSPODARSKA UNIVERZITA V NITRE
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 182 200
Address
Trieda Andreja Hlinku 2
949 76 Nitra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ludovit Cagan (Prof.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 206 600
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Galina Garkavia (Ms.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIA AGROPECUARIA
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 121 440
Address
Rivadavia 1439
C1033AAE Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Horacio Esteban Hopp (Dr.)
ANDREAS LANG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 62 820
Address
Gresgen 108 Hornlehof
79669 Zell Im Wiesental
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Lang (Dr.)