Co-Extra Newsletter 4 (1st June 2007)

  • Online Questionnaire: Your input needed!
  • Research Live: How can I manage my non-GM supply chain?
  • Research Highlight: Co-Extra scientists demonstrate reliability of a biological containment tool
  • Recent news on co-existence and traceability
  • Webtip of the month: GM plants no problem for the honey industry
  • Upcoming events

 

>> Online questionnaire: Your input needed!

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.

Participate at www.coextra.eu/stakeholders/questionnaire

 

>> Research Live: How can I manage my non-GM supply chain?

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.

Read the interview.

 

>> Research Highlight: Co-Extra scientists demonstrate reliability of a biological containment tool

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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>> Recent news on co-existence and traceability 

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>> Webtip of the month: GM plants no problem for the honey industry

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.

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>> Upcoming events

International Pollination Symposium 2007 (Ames, Iowa, USA, 24/06 – 28/06/2007)

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