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Environmental impact assessment of transgenic grapevines and plums on the diversity and dynamics of virus populations

Environmental impact assessment of transgenic grapevines and plums on the diversity and dynamics of virus populations

Objective

Our proposal addresses environmental safety issues of transgenic plants expressing virus-derived genes. Our main objective is to evaluate under field conditions the incidence of coat protein genes in transgenic grapevines and plums on the dynamics and variability of virus populations, particularly on the development of viable recombinant viruses with potential harmful properties. We will also assess whether transgenic plants present additional risks compared to non-transgenic plants, examine if heterogonous viruses can revert post-transcriptional gene silencing in plums, and analyse if transgenic transcripts can translocation from transgenic rootstocks to non-transgenic scions in grapevines. Identifying potential risks and assessing their impact is the safest approach to protect the environment prior to the release of virus-resistant transgenic crops.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI

Address

Via Amendola, 165/A
70126 Bari

Italy

Administrative Contact

Giovanni GIRONE

Participants (6)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

FEDERAL BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY (BBA)

Germany

INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGRARIAS

Spain

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY

Slovenia

STATIUNEA DE CERCETARE SI PRODUCTIE POMICOLA

Romania

UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR, STRASBOURG 1

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK3-CT-2002-02140

  • Start date

    1 January 2003

  • End date

    30 June 2006

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 307 087

  • EU contribution

    € 1 474 609

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI

Italy