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Impact of transgenes for herbivore and virus resistance - CB02008

The project is to establish whether protection from herbivory is important to wild Brassica in stable plant communities and hence whether transgenes for herbivore resistance could increase the weediness of these species. This research will strengthen the risk assessment of existing and future GM Brassica crops where the genetic modification imparts herbivore resistance and where there is potential for that transgene to pass into wild relatives.
The research concentrates on two wild Brassica species, the perennial Brassica oleracea and the annual B. nigra.

A theoretical model can be constructed to show how natural herbivore resistance mechanisms may mediate the population dynamics of wild Brassica populations. The aim of the proposed work is to parameterise this model and so allow us to predict the likely effects of herbivore resistance transgenes in wild relatives of crop Brassicas.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Impact of transgenes for herbivore and virus resistance   (1456k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2004

Cost: £396,428
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Natural Environment Research Council
Agricultural Land              
Environmental Protection              
GM Non-Food              
GM Risk Assessment              
Fields of Study
Biotechnology and GMOs