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posted on 2008-11-09 22:03 UTC by Manoela Miranda, UNEP/SCBD/Biosafety
Finally, I could log in the thread.
My name is Kazuo Watanabe, working on LMO risk assessment, management and communication, at Gene Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Japan.
I am involved in RA on GM trees such as Eucalypts and poplar, and also have some informal consultation with tropical countries with their upcoming GM tree materials such as teak.
Both at CBD and Cartagena Protocol, forest biotechnology at large, become a subject for a discussion, but it shall be some preposition and common understanding background of what is forest biotech and how they could be used briefly before the RA on GM trees is discussed.
There are diverse opinions on GM trees in terms of association with biodiversity issues, but there shall be first of all, how the GM trees are intended to be used besides the elements and modality of measurements of risk assessments to be specifically discussed. Industry is considering the GM trees for commercial fields where usually are controlled for production such as plantation and this should not be mixed up by natural vegetation.
Prof. Dr. Kazuo Watanabe
posted on 2008-11-14 01:49 UTC by Dr. Kazuo Watanabe, University of Tsukuba