Environ. Biosafety Res.
Volume 5, Number 4, October-December 2006Special issue
|Page(s)||183 - 186|
|Section||9th International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms|
|Published online||20 July 2007|
Session II: Identifying and Defining Hazards and Potential Consequences I: Concepts for Problem Formulation and Non-Target Risk Assessment
Agroscope Reckenholz-Taeknikon ART, Swiss Agricultural Research,
Reckenholzstrasse 191, 8046 Zurich, Switzerland
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The scientific organizers of the symposium put much emphasis on the identification and definition of hazard and the potential consequences thereof and three full sessions with a total of 13 presentations encompassing a wide range of related themes were planned for this topic. Unfortunately, one talk had to be cancelled because of illness of the speaker (BM Khadi, India). Some presentations covered conceptual approaches for environmental risk assessment (ERA) of GM plants (problem formulation in the risk assessment framework, familiarity approach, tiered and methodological frameworks, non-target risk assessment) and the use of models in assessing invasiveness and weediness of GM plants. Other presentations highlighted the lessons learned for future ERA from case studies and commercialized GM crops, and from monitoring of unintended releases to the environment. When the moderators of the three sessions came together after the presentations to align their summaries, there was an obvious need to restructure the 12 presentations in a way that allowed for a consistent summarizing discussion. The following new organization of the 12 talks was chosen: (1) Concepts for problem formulation and non-target risk assessment (2) Modeling as a tool for predicting invasiveness of GM plants (3) Case-studies of ERA of large-scale release (4) Lessons learned for ERA from a commercialized GM plant (5) Monitoring of unintended release of Bt maize in Mexico. The new thematic structure facilitates a more in-depth discussion of the presentations related to a specific topic, and the conclusions to be drawn are thus more consistent. Each moderator agreed to take responsibility for summarizing one or more themes and to prepare the respective report.
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