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Mechanisms for investigating changes in soil ecology due to GMO releases - CB02024

This contract is a desk study to review information on how agricultural practices, including the different crops that are grown (GM and non-GM) affect soil ecosystems. It is also interested in what soil parameters, including microorganisms and invertebrates, can be measured and their potential for use as indicators in monitoring soil status.

i) To provide a review of current knowledge of the soil ecosystem.

ii) To compile a list of techniques that have been used to measure changes in soil ecosystems and identify potential indicators for monitoring change in soil ecosystems.

iii) To collate information from studies that have looked at the direct and indirect effects of growing non-GM and GM crops on soil ecosystems.

iv) To produce a database of relevant literature and to collate hard copies of material that cannot be accessed electronically.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Mechanisms for investigating changes in soil ecology due to GMO releases   (633k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2003

To: 2004

Cost: £49,784
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Atkins Environment
Agricultural Land              
Environmental Protection              
Genetically modified food and crops              
GM Non-Food              
GM Risk Assessment              
Fields of Study
Biotechnology and GMOs