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Date of creation
2012-05-03 18:14 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2012-05-07 19:04 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
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2012-05-07 19:04 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)

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Reducing uncertainty in regulatory decision-making for transgenic crops: More ecological research or clearer environmental risk assessment?
Alan Raybould
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Alan Raybould
Jealott's Hill International Research Centre
Bracknell, Berkshire, UK

Email: alan.raybould@syngenta.com
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Ecological research and environmental risk assessment are similar in that they address interesting problems by formulating and testing hypotheses. They differ in the types of problems that are interesting, the characteristics of good hypotheses to solve those problems, and the methods for rigorous testing of hypotheses. It is important to recognize the differences between environmental risk assessment and basic ecological research because confusing them can lead to ineffective risk assessment and missed opportunities to advance ecological theory. Uncertainty in regulatory decision-making about transgenic crops may be reduced more effectively by clarifying the purpose and structure of environmental risk assessments than by further research on the ecology of the crops.
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”
Section(s) of the “Guidance on Risk Assessment of Living Modified Organisms” this background material is relevant
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  • Article (journal / magazine / newspaper)
  • Report / Review / Fact sheet / Notes
Publisher and its location
Landes Bioscience
© 2010 Landes Bioscience
7 page PDF
GM Crops
Keywords and any other relevant information
Key words: hypothesis testing, risk hypothesis, regulatory risk assessment, environmental policy

Citation: GM Crops 1:1, 25-31; January/February 2010