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Risk Assessment
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Record ID
Date of creation
2019-02-18 15:43 UTC (Melanie.Josefsson@naturvardsverket.se)
Date of publication
2019-02-18 15:43 UTC (Melanie.Josefsson@naturvardsverket.se)

General Information
  • Sweden
Title of risk assessment
Application for the deliberate release of linseed lines genetically modified for altered oil composition in seed (2005-2009).
Date of the risk assessment
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the risk assessment
Swedish Board of Agriculture
Sweden, SE-551 82
Phone:+46 36 15 50 00
Fax:+46 36 19 05 46
Contact details of the main responsible risk assessor
Heléne Ström
Swedish Board of Agriculture
SE 551 82
Sweden, SE 551 82
Phone:+46 36 155112
Risk assessment details
Living modified organism
Linseed with altered fatty acids and oil composition
Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin
Scope of the risk assessment
Risk assessment report / Summary
Methodology and points to consider
Potential adverse effects identified in the risk assessment
The genetically modified linseed lines show an altered fatty acid composition in seeds towards very long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. No difference regarding persistence in agricultural habitats or invasiveness in natural habitats compared to conventional linseed is expected. Nor is it expected that a selective advantage or disadvantage is conferred to the GM lines via the introduced trait. Due to the measures to be taken during the release (distance to or absence of cultivated and wild relatives) and linseed as a self-pollinating crop is the potential for permanent gene transfer will be virtually excluded. Interactions of the GM linseed lines with non-target species and resulting effects will be comparable to those of conventional linseed varieties. The potential of altered fatty acid composition in seed resulting in any effects on animal health from contact or consumption is considered negligible. Measures in place under current field trials in relation to handling, harvest, storing, transport or disposition will further minimize the probability of any negative effects on health or environment. No effects are expected on biogeochemical processes from the predicted trait. The GM linseed lines will be cultivated under conventional agricultural practices.
Likelihood that the potential adverse effects will be realized
Very low likelihood
Possible consequences:
Estimation of the overall risk
Risks are acceptable and manageable with management proposed. The distance from the nearest cultivation of linseed will be at least 400 m. Sowing- and harvesting machinery will be cleaned on site to prevent the dispersal of GM seed. Harvested seed material will be transported from the site in closed and labeled containers to the laboratories for analyses. Remaining seed will be inactivated. Vegetative plant material will be chopped and worked into the soil. The area will be controlled for volunteers. During the vegetation period and the monitoring period, the project leader and trained personnel will observe the trial site
Receiving environment(s) considered
Municipalities of Eslöv, Kristianstad, Svalöv, Klippan and Vara
Additional Information
Additional Information
Report from the field trial  is found at the web address below.
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