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Record ID
48398
Status
Published
Date of creation
2009-03-13 09:27 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2012-05-31 17:46 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2012-06-01 18:55 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

General Information
Title
Genetically Engineered Trees & Risk Assessment: An overview of risk assessment and risk management issues
Author
Ricarda A. Steinbrecher with Antje Lorch
Organization(s) involved in the publication of this resource
FEDERATION OF GERMAN SCIENTISTS
Schützenstr. 6a
Berlin
Germany, 10117
Phone:+30 21234056
Fax:+30 21234057
Email:info@vdw-ev.de
Url:FEDERATION OF GERMAN SCIENTISTS
Language(s)
  • English
Publication date
2008-05
Subject
Summary, abstract or table of contents
Author's Abstract:

Trees differ in a number of important characteristics from field crops, and these characteristics are also relevant for any risk assessment of genetically engineered (GE) trees. A review of the scientific literature  shows that due to the long life span and the complexity of trees as organisms with large habitats and numerous interactions, currently no meaningful and sufficient risk assessment of GE trees is possible, and that especially a trait-specific risk assessment is not appropriate. Both scientific literature and in-field experience show that contamination by and dispersal of GE trees will take place over time. Transgenic sterility is not offering an option to avoid the potential impacts posed by GE trees and their spread.  Regulation of trees on a national level can not be sufficient because due to the large-scale dispersion of reproductive plant material, GE trees are likely to cross national borders. All this makes GE trees at present a compelling case for the application of the precautionary principle.
Thematic areas
Background material to the “Guidance on risk assessment of living modified organisms”
Is this document is recommend as background material for the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms”
Yes
Section(s) of the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms” this background material is relevant
  • 4. Risk assessment of living modified trees
Additional Information
Type of resource
  • Article (journal / magazine / newspaper)
Publisher and its location
FEDERATION OF GERMAN SCIENTISTS, Berlin
Format
10-page paper
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