Genetically engineered (GE) plants have been widely used in agriculture for the last 25 years. However, national policies and international agreements have mandated that these plants be subject to environmental risk assessment (ERA) prior to their release in the environment. In this context, the ILSI Research Foundation supports analytical science to enhance frameworks for ERA of GE plants. Building from a foundation in problem formulation, efforts have explored ERA for new and emerging technologies used in GE plants, such as RNA interference as well as ERA under low exposure scenarios and non-target organism assessment.
Collaborators & Partners
Kenya National Biosafety Authority, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Areas of Focus
The ILSI Research Foundation is focused on the following activities related to environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically engineered (GE) crops:
To facilitate better planning for resource-intensive field trials of experimental genetically engineered plants, the ILSI Research Foundation has developed a framework that describes how agro-climatic zones can be used to demonstrate sufficient similarity between trial locations in different countries, so that field trial data can be used across geographies.
The ILSI Research Foundation maintains an internationally recognized database that provides safety-related information about regulatory evaluations and approvals of genetically engineered plants and foods.
Surrogate species have a long history of use in research and regulatory settings to understand the potentially harmful effects of toxic substances including pesticides.
RNA interference, or RNAi, refers to a set of biological processes that make use of conserved cellular machinery to silence genes.
This article is the Spanish translation of “Proposed Criteria for Identifying GE Crop Plants That Pose a Low or Negligible Risk to the Environment Under Conditions of Low-Level Presence in Seed,” which appeared in Transgenic Research.
View the summary document of the Partnership for Biosafety Risk Assessment and Regulation.
The low-level presence (LLP) of genetically engineered (GE) seeds that have been approved in the country of origin but not the country of import presents challenges for regulators in both seed importing and exporting countries, as well as for the international seed trade and the farmers who rely on it.