This project addresses the assessment of possible gene transfer from genetically modified organisms (GMO-plants and-micro organisms) to the micro flora of the food chain. For appropriate implementation of national and EU regulations, there is still a lack of knowledge concerning the transfer of non-équivalent DNA. The risk of horizontal gene transfer will be addressed based on the outcome of the exploitation of several donor recipient combinations in different environments. Therefore we will use food models, models that mimic the ecological habitat in the rumen and human gastro-intestinal tract. In this coordinated project we will study all parameters involved in horizontal gene transfer. All data resulting from the different tests in the variety of model systems will yield validates model systems for studying HGT.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts