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Central and Eastern European Workshop on the Detection and Identification of LMOs

Background Information

At their seventh meeting, the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety requested the the Executive Secretary to organize, in cooperation with relevant organizations, capacity-building activities such training workshops on sampling, detection and identification of living modified organisms to assist Parties in fulfilling the requirements under Article 17 and towards achieving the relevant outcomes of the Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety for the period 2011-2020.

With support from the Government of Japan through the Japan Biodiversity Fund, the Government of the Republic of Korea through the Korea Biosafety Capacity Building Initiative and in collaboration with Slovenian National Institute of Biology, the Secretariat is organizing the “Central and Eastern European Workshop on the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms” in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 7-11 March 2016, with the objectives of providing theoretical and hands-on training on:
  1. Sampling, detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety;
  2. Laboratory methodologies used for the analysis of test samples; and
  3. Sharing experiences and assessing national needs and gaps for the effective implementation of the relevant outcomes under the Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol.

As part of the participants' conclusions and recommendations following the workshop, they agreed that a series of online activities by the group would facilitate the consolidation of the knowledge gained during the workshop and encourage the sharing of information between labs within the region. As such the participants of the workshop requested that the Secretariat organize online discussions to facilitate participants continued sharing of knowledge and practical experiences on the following topics:
  1. Sample preparation: Sharing of practical experiences and knowledge on adequate sample size for various matrices, considerations for adequate sample storage and procedures for sample homogenisation were amongst the issues to be discussed under this topic with the view to develop a reference table to be shared amongst the group.
  2. Extraction methods: Compilation of information and best practices on the most efficient extraction procedures for specific matrices and considerations for troubleshooting difficult samples.
  3. Testing methods: Assemble an inventory of commonly used testing methods and experiences involving the adaptation of such methods to specific purposes.

In light of these requests the Secretariat has prepared a tentative calendar of activities outlining the schedule for these discussions.

Upcoming and Ongoing Discussions

Compilation of information and best practices on extraction procedures

Discussions will be held: 30 May - 20 June 2016
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

This discussion will focus on the compilation of information and best practices on the most efficient extraction procedures for specific matrices and considerations for troubleshooting difficult samples. Participants are invited to share information that will facilitate the compilation of relevant information and serve as a basis for the development of reference tables as requested by the workshop participants.

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Sharing of knowledge and experience on sample preparation

Discussions will be held: 9 - 23 May 2016
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

This discussion will focus on the sharing of practical experiences and knowledge on adequate sample size for various matrices, considerations for adequate sample storage and procedures for sample homogenisation were amongst the issues to be discussed under this topic with the view to develop a reference table to be shared amongst the group.

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Inventorying testing methods

Discussions will be held: 20 June - 4 July 2016
Discussions open and close at 1:00 a.m. GMT

The aim of this discussion is to assemble an inventory of commonly used testing methods and experiences involving the adaptation of such methods to specific purposes.

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Open discussion on experimental procedures and troubleshooting approaches

As requested by the workshop participants, the Secretariat is establishing an open discussion to provide the participants with an online forum to discuss experimental procedures and troubleshooting approaches. Discussions are open to all interested participants and relevant personnel in their laboratories.

Past Discussions

Workshop Discussions

Discussions will be held: 24 February - 4 March 2016

In preparation for the upcoming workshop, participants are invited to take part in an online discussion to introduce themselves and share their background and experiences with LMO detection and identification, including:
  1. Current scope of laboratory activities;
  2. Experiences with DNA techniques (e.g. extraction, PCR)
  3. Experiences with detection and identification of LMOs;
  4. Expectations from the workshop and how you foresee the workshop will be useful to you

Participants may feel free to pose any questions topics that will be discussed in the workshop as outlined in the Annotated Agenda and Provisional Agenda.

To take part in the discussion: Please create a BCH account. If you already have a BCH account you can sign-in using your existing username and password. If you do not have a BCH account you will be required to create one by clicking on the link marked “Create an account” in the top right hand corner of the page.

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