EU & Gentechnik Newsletter

Most important topics:

Appeal to politicians: Keep gene scissors under control! / Explainer videos on CRISPR/Cas / First application for approval of CRISPR/Cas plants / Genome-edited plants: Negative effects on ecosystems possible / Commission approves eight transgenic crops

Current Issues and Activities:
  • Appeal to politicians: Keep gene scissors under control!
  • What is a ‘conventional GMO’? EU Commission embraces new industry-led terminology
  • Explainer videos on CRISPR/Cas gene scissors
  • EU Commission wants to reform GMO regulation - Testbiotech points to already existing legal flexibility
  • First application for approval of CRISPR/Cas plants in the EU - maize is resistant to herbicides and produces insecticides
  • European Group on Ethics presents report on New Genetic Engineering - Testbiotech criticises lack of balance
  • EU Parliament has again voted against further market approvals for genetically engineered plants
  • EFSA report: Risk assessment of New GE plants necessary even if no additional genes are inserted
  • Testbiotech report provides evidence that EFSA systematically ignores specific risks
  • Testbiotech comment on maize MON 87427 x MON 87460 x MON 89034 x 1507 x MON 87411 x 59122
  • Testbiotech comment on soybean GMB151
  • Testbiotech comment on maize 1507 × MIR162 × MON810 × NK603
Scientific news:
  • Transgenic plants failing in the fields - increased environmental impact of toxic pesticides
  • Genome-edited plants: Negative effects on ecosystems are possible
  • Adverse environmental effects arising from insecticidal Bt plant cultivation
  • Disturbance in interactions between GE cotton and the environment
News from EFSA:
  • Statement complementing the EFSA Scientific Opinion on genetically modified soybean MON 87769 × MON 89788
  • Scientific assistance on requests for internal review filed by Testbiotech
  • Overview of sixteen scientific opinions on genetically modified plants obtained by new genomic techniques
  • Overview of EFSA and European national authorities’ scientific opinions on the risk assessment of plants developed through New Genomic Techniques
  • Extension of the spatially‐ and temporally‐explicit “briskaR‐NTL” model to assess potential adverse effects of Bt‐maize pollen on non‐target Lepidoptera at landscape level
  • Renewal assessments for maize Bt11 and MON 88017 × MON 810
  • Statement on in vitro protein digestibility tests in allergenicity and protein safety assessment of genetically modified plants
New admissions:
  • EU Commission approves eight applications for import of transgenic crops
Other:

Weitere EU News

Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2021 (January 2021)

Most important topics

EU Parliament votes against further GE plant approvals / New report on Genome Editing / New evidence regarding Bt toxins, teosinte and New GE / EFSA consultations on gene drives and New GE

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 3/2020 (October 2020)

Most important topics

EFSA defends risk assessment of GE plants / ‘New genetic engineering’ techniques associated with numerous risks / EU Commission authorises genetically engineered soybean MON 87708 x MON 89788 x A5547-127

Testbiotech EU Newsletter 2/2020 (May 2020)

Most important topics

Comments on EFSA consultations regarding gene drives and new methods of genetic engineering / Testbiotech report on regulation of new genomic techniques / Legal proceedings against patents / New scientific papers: persistence of GE plants and gene drives

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2020 (February 2020)

Most important topics

Presentation of RAGES project in Berlin and Brussels / Legal challenge to EU approval of GE plants / Peer-reviewed paper from RAGES project published / EU Commission authorises new GE plants

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 2/2019 (August 2019)

Most important topics

RAGES project to present results; Prospective technology assessment of gene drives; EU Commission authorises seven new genetically engineered plants

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2019 (May 2019)

Most important topics

Stage set for new wave of genetically engineered plants after EU elections / Testbiotech report on regulation of genome editing / EU Parliament against new GMO approvals / New publication on differences between genome editing and conventional breeding

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 2/2018 (November 2018)

Most important topics

Genetically engineered bacteria in animal feed / EU Court: clear regulation for genome edited plants / Advocate General of the EU Court on risk assessment / European Ombudsman starts investigation / EU might allow the import of ‘Baysanto maize monster'

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 1/2018 (July 2018)

Most important topics

General Court of the EU strengthens the precautionary principle / Genome editing: Legal expert criticises Attorney General of the EuCJ / EFSA strengthens independence rules / Testbiotech Science Blog / GE plants: new dimension in environmenmental risk

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 3/2017 (December 2017)

Most important topics

Activities regarding triple herbicide resistant soybeans / EFSA gives details of Monsanto sponsoring / New papers on herbicide resistance genes and combinatorial effects / EU Member States agree on glyphosate renewal

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Testbiotech EU Newsletter 2/2017 (August 2017)

Most important topics

Leading expert of EFSA – sponsored by Monsanto? / Activities regarding “Toxic soybeans” / Spain: Teosinte-maize hybrids out in the fields / EU authorises five genetically engineered crops / EU Parliament against approval of new soybeans

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