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Developing efficient and stable biological containment systems for genetically modified plants

Developing efficient and stable biological containment systems for genetically modified plants

Objective

The spread of transgenes from genetically modified crops to conventional and organic crops or to wild relatives remains a source of public and scientific concern in Europe. Co-existence of GM and non-GM crops can be promoted by the implementation of biological transgene containment strategies. The TransContainer proposal comprises 15 partners from universities, research and government institutes, SMEs and an industrial partner. The overall goal of the proposal is to lift this major roadblock to fulfilling the promises of agricultural biotechnology in Europe, and thus increase the competitiveness of that sector.

The project will investigate and develop a number of strategies for biological containment:
- Plastid transformation as a means to prevent transgene spread
- Prevention of flowering as biological containment strategy
- Controlling transgene transmission through pollen and seed. Where necessary, we aim to complement these strategies with tightly controllable switches to restore fertility. The crops to be used are representative for crops grown for their seeds (oilseed rape), for their fruits (tomato and eggplant), or for their vegetative parts (sugar beet, rye grass, red fescue, poplar and birch). For some of these crops, several strategies will be compared.

Besides developing biological containment strategies, the project will also:
- Investigate the impact of the implementation of these strategies on environmental and food safety and possible improvement of co-existence rules
- Assess the agro-economic effects for European agriculture and compare different scenarios for co-existence
- Invoke stakeholder dialogue on socio-economic and environment issues by holding interviews, and workshops for specific groups (industry, regulators) and one for stakeholders and public

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Coordinator

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Address

Costerweg 50
9101 Wageningen

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Ruud DE MAAGD (Dr)

Participants (12)

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SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

C.R.A. - CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA E LA SPERIMENTAZIONE IN AGRICOLTURA

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Austria

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND MAYNOOTH

Ireland

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE RICERCHE

Italy

BUNDESAMT FUER VERBRAUCHERSCHUTZ UND LEBENSMITTELSICHERHEIT

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF PLOVDIV

Bulgaria

SCHENKELAARS BIOTECHNOLOGY CONSULTANCY

Netherlands

SWETREE TECHNOLOGIES AB

Sweden

DLF-TRIFOLIUM A/S

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 23018

  • Start date

    1 May 2006

  • End date

    31 October 2009

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 378 323

  • EU contribution

    € 4 169 955

Coordinated by:

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands