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Risk Assessment
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2017-06-15 13:58 UTC (gutemberg.sousa@mctic.gov.br)
Date of publication
2017-08-01 20:17 UTC (dema@itamaraty.gov.br)

General Information
  • Brazil
Title of risk assessment
Risk assessment of genetically modified soybean tolerant to dicamba MON87708.
Date of the risk assessment
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the risk assessment
National Technical Biosafety Commission
Setor Policial Sul -SPO Área 5 Quadra 3 Bloco B - Térreo Salas 10 à 14
Brasília, DF
Brazil, CEP - 70610-200
Phone:(5561) 3411-5516
Fax:(5561) 3317-7475
Url:National Technical Biosafety Comission
Contact details of the main responsible risk assessor
Dra Maria Sueli Felipe Soares
National Technical Biosafety Comission (CTNBio)
Setor Policial Sul -SPO Área 5 Quadra 3 Bloco B - Térreo Salas 08 à 10
Brasília, DF
Brazil, CEP - 70610-200
Phone:(5561) 3411-5151
Fax:(5561) 3317-7475
Url:National Technical Biosafety Comission
Risk assessment details
Living modified organism
MON-877Ø8-9 - Dicamba Tolerant Soybean
Resistance to herbicides
Show detection method(s)
Scope of the risk assessment
  • LMOs for Contained use
  • LMOs for direct use as feed
  • LMOs for direct use as food
  • LMOs for processing
Risk assessment report / Summary
Methodology and points to consider
Potential adverse effects identified in the risk assessment
Evaluations of ecological interactions were conducted as part of the characterization of MON 87708
To determine the potential for increased characteristics as weed. The results support the
Concluded that the differences detected for arthropod-related damages were not indicative of a consistent response associated with the dicamba tolerance characteristic and were not considered
As having significant biological significance in relation to an increase in plant potential
Or an altered environmental impact when comparing soybean MON 87708 with soybean control
MON 87708 is equivalent to conventional soybean varieties for
Dispersion of propagation and reproduction structures beyond cropping
dispersal. In addition, the viability of MON 87708 soybean pollen is equivalent to that of
Conventional soybean The biochemical information and experimental data for the evaluation of MON 87708 soybean included:
Molecular characterization; DMO protein safety assessments; Environmental exposure history
Mono-oxygenases (class of enzymes to which the DMO protein belongs); Assessment information
Environmental interactions; Analysis of nutritional composition; Studies for agronomic and
Phenotypic, among others. Together, all data collected for MON 87708
To conclude that this dicamba-tolerant soybean has no reasonable mechanism to cause damage to
Non-target organisms, or pose an additional risk to endangered and endangered species if it is
Compared to conventional soybean varieties.
Likelihood that the potential adverse effects will be realized
MON 87708 soybean has no target organisms, since the DMO protein expressed therein provides
Flexibility for weed control in the post-emergence, but has no
Insects. The assessment of the impacts of a culture derived from biotechnology on non-target organisms and
Threatened and endangered species is a component of the assessment of soybean's ability to become a
Organism that causes plant diseases. As MON 87708 soybean has no pesticidal activity,
All organisms interacting with MON 87708 soybean are considered non-target organisms. THE
Environmental assessment showed that the presence of the dicamba tolerance characteristic in MON soy
87708 and the application of this herbicide on this soybean did not alter plant-arthropod interactions, including
Beneficial arthropods, nor did it alter susceptibility to diseases compared to
Conventional soybeans.
Possible consequences:
It is unlikely that there is potential for gene crossing and introgression of soybean MON 87708 for species
Sexually compatible in Brazil since it is not known the presence of species
Of the Glycine genus in South America. In addition, if cross-pollination occurs, it is not
MON 87708 and its progeny are expected to have a significant environmental
Described above, assessments revealed that the presence of the
Dicamba increase the potential of soybean MON 87708 to become a weed or an organism
Of plant diseases. Therefore, the environmental consequence of transporting pollen from MON soybeans
87708 for other species of Glycine is considered despicable.
Estimation of the overall risk
In view of the foregoing and considering the internationally accepted criteria in the risk analysis process
Genetically modified raw materials it is possible to conclude that MON 87708 is as safe as
Their conventional equivalents
As established in art. Law No. 11,460, of March 21, 2007, "are prohibited the research and cultivation of genetically modified organisms in the lands
Indigenous and areas of conservation units "
Receiving environment(s) considered
The soybean plant has no tendency to become weeds or to invade different environments
Of those in which it is cultivated, and there are no vegetative propagation records under field conditions
As well as the development of soybean plants in natural uncultivated environments. The cultivated soybean
It does not present any ability that favors its dispersion.
LMO detection and identification methods proposed
Molecular traditional methods

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