Navigation Links
Risk assessment team on Bt plants wins Integrated Pest Management Award
Date:9/11/2013

The NTA IPM team has significantly enhanced the environmental risk assessment of Bt crops, and they have developed research and outreach information needed by scientific and regulatory communities to understand potential risks and benefits of Bt crops to beneficial non-target arthropods.

Each year the Entomological Foundation presents an award to a collaborative work team, which includes at least one entomologist from the private sector and one from the public sector, who successfully contribute to pest-control efforts using Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

This year's Integrated Pest Management Team Award will be presented to the Risk Assessment of Bt Plants on Beneficial Non-target Arthropods (NTA) IPM Team, whose members include Jrg Romeis (Agroscope, Switzerland), Anthony M. Shelton (Cornell University), Steven E. Naranjo (USDA-ARS), Richard L. Hellmich (USDA-ARS), Morven A. McLean (Center for Environmental Risk Assessment, USA), Alan Raybould (Syngenta, UK), Marco P. Candolfi (Innovative Environmental Services, Switzerland), Jian J. Duan (USDA-ARS), Joseph E. Huesing (USAID/BFS), and Raymond J. Layton (Pioneer Hi-Bred, USA).

The NTA IPM team has significantly enhanced the environmental risk assessment of Bt crops. They have developed research and outreach information needed by scientific and regulatory communities to understand potential risks and benefits of Bt crops to beneficial non-target arthropods (NTA).

The team developed a science-based framework for assessing the potential risks by Bt proteins (and future insecticidal compounds) on beneficial NTAs, made a proposal on how to select surrogate species for laboratory toxicity studies, developed a guidance document on the design criteria for robust and reliable laboratory studies, and conducted non-target studies in the laboratory and in the field on a broad community of species.

Additionally, existing data sets from laboratory and field studies throughout the world were analyzed that showed currently used Bt crops do not cause any unexpected detrimental effects on predators or parasitoids or on the biological control function they provide. These analyses also helped to validate the tier-testing system used by various regulatory agencies.

In crops where the introduction of Bt-transgenic varieties results in significant reductions of insecticide applications, clear benefits on arthropod abundance in general, and natural enemies in particular, were found.

Bt crops have become a valuable component of IPM by contributing to natural enemy conservation while at the same time protecting the crops from targeted pests. Overall, the assessment and testing approaches developed by the team will enhance the robustness and rigor of risk assessment and thus increase the environmental safety of Bt crops and other novel transgenic crops in the future.

The year's Integrated Pest Management Team Award, which is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, will be presented to the team at Entomology 2013, the 61st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, in Austin, TX this November.


'/>"/>

Contact: Tom Green
ipmworks@ipmworks.com
608-232-1410
Entomological Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. First risk assessment of shale gas fracking to biodiversity
2. Elseviers Maturitas publishes clinical guide on endometrial assessment in postmenopausal women
3. Health impact assessments prove critical public health tool
4. First global assessment of land and water grabbing published in national journal
5. Triage for plants: NYBG scientists develop and test rapid species conservation assessment technique
6. UCLA research makes possible rapid assessment of plant drought tolerance
7. UC Santa Barbara researchers play key role in UN Environmental Assessment
8. Researchers unveil new assessment for diagnosing malnutrition
9. Fracking and Health Impact Assessments -- IOM hosts workshop April 30 and May 1
10. Wayne State receives grant to reduce emissions of toxins by power plants into Great Lakes
11. Researchers discover protein that helps plants tolerate drought, flooding, other stresses
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/25/2016)... Jan. 25, 2016  Glencoe Software, the world-leading supplier ... publication industries, will provide the data management solution OMERO ... Photo ... Phenotypic analysis measures the characteristics ... allowing comparisons between states such as health and disease, ...
(Date:1/20/2016)... , Jan. 20, 2016 A market ... to directly benefit from the explosion in genomics knowledge. ... Howe Sound Research. A range of dynamic trends are ... - personalized medicine - pharmacogenomics - pathogen evolution ... with large markets - greater understanding of the role ...
(Date:1/15/2016)... , Jan. 15, 2016 Recent publicized breaches ... to find new ways to ensure data security and ... iOS and Android that ties a ... transforming it into a hardware authorization token. Customer service ... their fingerprint on their KodeKey enabled device to verify ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... -- NX Prenatal Inc., a US based molecular ... early warning of adverse pregnancy outcomes, announced today ... Dr. Thomas McElrath of Brigham & ... (SMFM) annual meeting held in Atlanta ... presentation reported initial positive top-line results regarding the ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... DUBLIN , Feb. 10, 2016  Allergan plc ... today announced that Brent Saunders , Allergan,s CEO ... in a fireside chat session at the RBC Capital ... 12:30 p.m. ET at The New York Palace Hotel ... presentation will be webcast live and can be accessed ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Latham, NY (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... photodiode packages at the SPIE Photonics West conference in San Francisco’s Moscone ... and 14 in the same venue. , These latest InGaAs PIN diode standard ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... medicine, has announced a new agreement with Singapore-based Global Stem Cells Network (GSCN) ... the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore in the latest adipose and bone marrow therapies. ...
Breaking Biology Technology: