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

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 €.

Coordinator

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Address

Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 695 887

Administrative Contact

Salvatore Arpaia (Dr.)

Participants (21)

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AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 331 663

AGROBIOINSTITUTE

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 80 160

UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG (UBA GMBH)

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 76 221

GEOSYS SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 298 800

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 242 290

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA OA MP

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 316 243

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 338 800

MINERVA CONSULTING & COMMUNICATION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 153 600

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 309 304

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCERTARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU STIINTE BIOLOGICE RA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 172 776

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 339 748

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 223 451

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 185 808

JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUENEN-INSTITUT, BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER LAENDLICHE RAEUME, WALD UND FISCHEREI

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 391 826

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 593 495

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 348 171

JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 326 660

SLOVENSKA POLNOHOSPODARSKA UNIVERZITA V NITRE

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 182 200

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 206 600

INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIA AGROPECUARIA

Argentina

EU Contribution

€ 121 440

ANDREAS LANG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 62 820

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 289706

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2011

  • End date

    31 May 2016

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 794 852,79

  • EU contribution

    € 5 997 963

Coordinated by:

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy