Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements Releases New Reference Materials

In December, the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) of the European Commissions' Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released a range of new reference materials for the testing for genetically modified organisms. The new reference materials have been developed for the detection of new GM maize, GM cottonseed, and GM sugar beet events.


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Copyright Joint Research Centre - European Commission
Reference materials
are biochemical substances required for calibrating quantitative analyses of foods and feeds which may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In the European Union, the Joint Research Centre releases these reference materials for all GMOs which receive authorisation. On December 15th and 22nd, the JRC added three new reference materials to the available assortment.

The new reference material released on December 22nd corresponds to the new Pioneer GM maize event 59112, which combines Bt technology and tolerance to glufosinate. On December 15th, the JRC released reference materials for tests for the cottonseed event 281-24-236 x 3006-210-23, developed by Dow AgroScience. Similar to the new maize event, it contains stacked genes that code for Bt proteins and deliver tolerance to glufosinate. Also on December 15th, reference material for the sugar beet event H7-1 has been released. The sugar beet event is a joint development by KWS and Monsanto, and is tolerant to glyphosate.

Already in September, the JRC released reference materials for the potato event EH92-527-1. Developed by BASF Plant Science, this potato has a modified starch content and is intended for industrial use.