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Farm-scale evaluations of GM winter oilseed rape and wildlife - CB02004

Description
The Farm-Scale Evaluations are a programme allowing independent researchers to study the effect, if any, that the management practices associated with Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant (GMHT) crops might have on farmland biodiversity, when compared with weed control used with non-GM crops.

Researchers are studying differences in the number and types of weeds and insects (including bees and butterflies) in GM and non-GM halves of the trial sites. Three crops are involved: oilseed rape (both spring and autumn sown); beet (fodder and sugar varieties); and maize. In total, the project will involve between 60 and 75 fields of each crop type.

The FSEs are overseen by an independent Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). The Committee is chaired by Professor Chris Pollock (Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research) and includes academics and conservation experts. The research is carried out by a consortium of research institutions: the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Scottish Crop Research Institute and the Institute of Arable Crops Research.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Farm-scale evaluations of GM winter oilseed rape and wildlife   (23k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2004

Cost: £1,305,999
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Rothamsted Research (BBSRC)
Keywords
Agricultural Land              
Agri-Environment              
Biodiversity              
Environmental Protection              
GM Non-Food              
GM Risk Assessment              
Land              
Wildlife conservation              
Fields of Study
Biotechnology and GMOs