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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.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI
Address
Via Amendola, 165/A
70126 Bari
Italy

Participants (6)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
FEDERAL BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY (BBA)
Germany
Address
Messeweg 11/12
38104 Braunschweig
INSTITUTO VALENCIANO DE INVESTIGACIONES AGRARIAS
Spain
Address
Carretera Moncada A Naquera Km. 5
46113 Moncada (Valencia)
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY
Slovenia
Address
Vecna Pot 111
1000 Ljubljana
STATIUNEA DE CERCETARE SI PRODUCTIE POMICOLA
Romania
Address
Drumul Dumitrei, 3
4400 Bistrita
UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR, STRASBOURG 1
France
Address
Rue Blaise Pascal 4
67070 Strasbourg