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Risk Assessment
Record information and status
Record ID
8378
Status
Published
Date of creation
2005-03-30 07:28 UTC (mette.svejgaard@naturvardsverket.se)
Date of last update
2019-02-14 14:40 UTC (Melanie.Josefsson@naturvardsverket.se)
Date of publication
2019-02-14 14:40 UTC (Melanie.Josefsson@naturvardsverket.se)

General Information
Country
  • Sweden
Title of risk assessment
Application for the deliberate release of oilseed rape lines genetically modified for increased oil content in the seed
Date of the risk assessment
2005-12-25
Competent National Authority(ies) responsible for the risk assessment
Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Vallhallavägen 195
Stockholm
Sweden, SE-106 48
Phone:+46 10 698 10 00
Fax:+46 10 698 1042
Email:natur@naturvardsverket.se
Url:http://www.naturvardsverket.se
Contact details of the main responsible risk assessor
Ph.D Mette Svejgaard
Swedish Ministry of the Environment
Stockholm
Sweden
Phone:+46 (0)70 374 2604
Email:mette.svejgaard@regeringskansliet.se
Risk assessment details
Living modified organism
Oilseed rape modified for increased oleic acid content in the seeds
DSV Changes in quality and/or metabolite content - Lipid and fatty acids Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin
Scope of the risk assessment
Methodology and points to consider
Potential adverse effects identified in the risk assessment
The genetically modified oilseed rape lines show a modified level of the inherent seed component oil. No difference regarding persistence in agricultural habitats or invasiveness in natural habitats compared to conventional spring oilseed rape 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) the potential for permanent gene transfer will be virtually excluded. Interactions of the GM oilseed rape lines with non-target species and resulting effects will be comparable to those of conventional oilseed rape varieties. The potential of elevated levels of the seed component oil 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 oilseed rape lines will be cultivated under conventional agricultural practices.
Likelihood that the potential adverse effects will be realized
Due to measure to be taken during the field trial, the risk on animal health are assessed as negligible. Interactions of GM oilseed rape lines with non-target species and resulting effects are comparable to those of conventional oilseed rape varieties.
Possible consequences:
No effects on Health, Environment including the biogeochemical årocesses.
Estimation of the overall risk
Negligible risk
Recommendation(s)
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.
Need(s) for further information on specific issues of concern
Isolation distance of at least 500 m to cultivation of conventional oilseed rape to prevent cross-pollination.
Receiving environment(s) considered
Municipalities of Eslöv, Kristianstad, Svalöv, Klippan and Vara in the southern part of Sweden. Temperate climate. The field trials will take place on land normally used for agricultural production. Total Area will not exceed 15 ha
LMO detection and identification methods proposed
The field trial site will be visually monitored for volunteers for 4 years after the end of the tiral.During this time other crops than oilseed rape will be cultivated on the site.
Additional Information
Additional Information
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.

Evaluation of trait performance under field conditions and selection of lines for further testing and analysis of the trait.