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Modelling the fitness value of the Arabidopsis thaliana Circadian Clock - CB02048

The project will develop new population projection matrix models to determine fitness values in laboratory or greenhouse grown non-GM mutant plants. Comparison with actual fitness, measured in the field, will allow parameterisation of these models to predict potential fitness of introduced plant species or new GM crops and their likely impact on the indigenous flora. This knowledge will enable a more informed and accurate risk assessment of the impact of new species (notably GMOs) on the environment. By developing new modelling procedures to quantify and predict the fitness value of circadian rhythms, this project will enable progress towards a deeper understanding of the functional role of complex genetic systems in the environment.

Defra is providing a contribution matched by the University of Exeter to sponsor a PhD studentship at the University, which will enable this project to go ahead.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2008

To: 2012

Cost: £27,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Exeter
Genetically modified food and crops              
GM Non-Food              
GM Risk Assessment              
Fields of Study
Biotechnology and GMOs