Data Transportability – Sharing Field Trial Data Across Geographies

Washington, DC, USA
November 19, 2015

Overview: All major stages of plant breeding require field evaluation of new genotypes and multi-location field trials are routinely used to help breeders select the most promising varieties or hybrids.  Field trials are also essential for other pre-commercial activities like variety registration, Plant Breeders Rights trials, and confined field trials for genetically engineered crops, all of which are subject to some kind of governmental oversight.  It’s a very common practice for regulators to require such trials on a country-by-country basis, with the operating assumption being that every agro-ecosystem where these plants will be grown is unique and so new data must be generated accordingly.  This brown bag lunch, organized by the World Bank and the ILSI Research Foundation, challenged that assumption with a novel approach that should help breeders (and regulators) strategically identify trial site locations in support of “data transportability” across geographies.


  • Welcome Lunch and Introductions: Michael Morris, Lead Agricultural Economist, GFADR
  • Transportability of Data Generated for Safety Evaluations of GM Crops: Monica Garcia-Alonso, Ph.D., Estel Consult Ltd
  • Potential Applications of Peer Reviewed Zonation Schemes for Identifying Similarities and Differences between Agricultural Settings: Paul Hendley, Ph.D., Phasera Ltd.
  • Discussants: Jeff Stein, Biosafety Adviser, Program for Biosafety Systems and Melissa Brown, Senior Economist, GFADR