Methods for Risk Assessment of Transgenic Plants

III. Ecological risks and prospects of transgenic plants, where do we go from here? A dialogue between biotech industry and science

  • Klaus Ammann
  • Yolande Jacot
  • Gösta Kjellsson
  • Vibeke Simonsen
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Ecological effects of transgenes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alan F. Raybould, Ralph T. Clarke, Alan J. Gray, Lindsay C. Maskell, Rebecca J. Mogg, Judith C. Wardlaw et al.
      Pages 3-15
    3. Xavier Reboud, Jacques Gasquez, Henri Darmency
      Pages 17-20
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 27-28
  3. Modelling in risk assessment

  4. Short-term, long-term effects and standardisation of limits

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Jörg Landsmann, Elke Graser, Anja Matzk
      Pages 63-67
    3. Back Matter
      Pages 83-84
  5. Monitoring methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Pia Rufener Al Mazyad, Klaus Ammann
      Pages 95-98
    3. Back Matter
      Pages 123-125
  6. Population genetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Pia Malnoë, Gàbor Jakab, Eric Droz, Fabian Vaistij
      Pages 145-147
    3. Back Matter
      Pages 149-152
  7. Decision procedures, harmonisation

  8. Methodological lacunas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Back Matter
      Pages 195-196
  9. Conclusion, strategies, where do we go from here?

  10. Poster session

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Roberto Guadagnuolo, Dessislava Savova Bianchi, François Felber, Julia Keller Senften, Pia Rufener Al Mazyad, Yolande Jacot et al.
      Pages 233-233
    3. Rolf Meyer, Arnold Sauter
      Pages 235-235

About these proceedings


The Berne Symposium invited leading scientists of risk assessment research with transgenic crops on an international level in order to enhance the discussion regulators and members of the biotech industry. The goal was to determine the status quo and also to make progress in times of a first global spread of transgenes in agrosystems about risk assessment. The dialogue between scientists, regulators and industry representatives also revealed some lacunes of risk assessment research, which will have to be filled in the future: We still lack longterm experience, for which we will have to collect data with scientific precision. The symposium concluded asking for a risk-oriented longterm monitoring system based on critical science and hard data. This volume presents the discussion sessions as well as the scientific contributions and thus mirrors the risk assessment debate, based not on exaggerated negative scenarios but on critical science and hard data.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus Ammann
    • 1
  • Yolande Jacot
    • 1
    • 3
  • Gösta Kjellsson
    • 2
  • Vibeke Simonsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Botanical GardenUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Terrestrial EcologyNational Environmental Research InstituteSilkeborgDenmark
  3. 3.Laboratoire de PhanérogamieUniversité de NeuchâtelNeuchâtelSwitzerland

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