To take into account stakeholders’ needs and requirements, the Co-Extra project is asking for your input! With a questionnaire, we seek to map your attitudes and opinions on the topic of co-existence and traceability – all information will be kept confidential. Please feel free to also forward the questionnaire to your colleagues in the agro-feed and food chains, which is available in 8 languages.
Farmers and people in the processing chain may ask: In my specific situation, is co-existence of GM and non-GM products feasible? What would it cost? Influenced by many factors, these are obviously difficult questions. However, scientists may soon find answers by a specific software to support stakeholders’ decision-making. Such a system is being developed within the scope of the Co-Extra project by Marko Bohanec, a computer scientist in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the interview, he explains how his research will benefit stakeholders.
Scientists of the Co-Extra project have found promising results demonstrating, that chloroplast transformation is a highly reliable tool for the biological containment of transgenes. Published in the renowned scientific journal PNAS, this conclusion has been made in the Co-Extra research project on biological approaches to prevent gene flow.
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Honeybees are important role as pollinators for many plants. If genetically modified maize is grown, bees will certainly come into contact with the GM plants. Are they harmed as a result? Scientists in Bavaria (Germany) have been investigating this question in a number of experiments with intriguing results.