Under the umbrella of the International Organisation of Biological Control (IOBC), an international working group of public sector scientists entitled on "Transgenic Organisms in Integrated Pest Management and Biological Control" has been organized. The group will develop scientific principles and detailed scientific guidelines for biosafety testing of transgenic crops. The key elements of this project are: (1) An international initiative including expert scientists from leading research institutions in developed and developing countries; (2) coordination of the development and implementation of the guidelines as a dynamic process, which will include scientific and technical capacity building and communication among scientists and between scientists and policy makers; (3) rapid serial publication of sections of the guidelines as they are completed; and (4) rapid and timely revision of previously published sections, The guidelines will be constructed on a case-by-case basis and will have no regulatory legitimacy themselves.
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The authors would like to acknowledge the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation that financed this project and all the members of the Global Working Group on Transgenic Organisms in Integrated Pest Management and Biological Control belonging to the International Organisation of Biological Control (IOBC), who supported and contributed to the project. The authors would also like to mention that the project receives no funding from the biotechnology industry.
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- Environmental impact
- Genetically modified plants
- Transgenic plants