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Gene Flow from GM Plants

Edited by Guy Poppy and Michael Wilkinson 
Blackwell  August 2005  



Hardback  256 pages, 19 illustrations.  ISBN 9781405122375      £150.00
Gene flow is not unique to genetically modified (GM) crops, but the possibility of the spread of transgenic DNA to wild and domesticated relatives raises a new set of issues for scientists and policymakers to consider. Unfortunately, we are still too often unable to quantify the risks of ecological damage associated with gene flow. This is due partly to the huge breadth of knowledge required to assemble a comprehensive risk assessment. For example, many scientists active in research on the mechanics of gene flow nevertheless lack a deep understanding of what is required to identify, characterise and assess ecological risk, and many of those who are aware of the risk assessment process and the framework used for legislation have insufficient knowledge of the reproductive biology, agricultural systems, modelling and ecological literature required to compile a balanced risk assessment.

This book, set in the context of gene flow in general, considers the assessment, measurement and management of the risks of gene flow from GM plants, combining the expertise of all the various stakeholders. It is directed at researchers and professionals in plant molecular genetics and plant ecology, in both the academic and industrial sectors.

Contents

  • 1. Where science fits into the GM debate Philip J. Dale, John Innes Centre, Colney Lane, Norwich, UK
  • 2. Crop biotechnology - the state of play Thomas E. Nickson, Ecological Technology Center, Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • 3. Pollen dispersal vectored by wind or insects Gavin Ramsay, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, UK
  • 4. Hybridisation - reproductive barriers to gene flow A. J. Richards, School of Biology, Ridley Building, University of Newcastle, UK
  • 5. Rare hybrids and methods for their detection Rikke Bagger Jorgensen, Riso National Laboratory, Roskilde, Denmark and Michael J. Wilkinson, School of Plant Sciences, University of Reading, UK
  • 6. Assessing the ecological fitness of recipients Arthur E. Weis, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • 7. Assessing the environmental risks of gene flow from genetically modified crops to wild relatives Alan Raybould, Syngenta, Bracknell, Berkshire, UK and Michael J. Wilkinson, School of Plant Sciences, University of Reading, UK
  • 8. Quantifying exposure Jamie P. Sutherland and Guy M. Poppy, School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK
  • 9. Regulating the risks of gene flow Steven Hill, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, London, UK
  • 10. Risk assessment of GM crops - does the road ahead need to be long and winding? Guy M. Poppy, School of Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK and Michael J. Wilkinson, School of Plant Sciences, University of Reading, UK

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