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Implications of GM-Crop Cultivation at Large Spatial Scales

Proceedings of the GMLS-Conference 2008 in Bremen


Broder Breckling, Hauke Reuter and Richard Verhoeven

Ecological, agricultural and economic implications of genetically modified plants on large spatial scales are currently discussed in science, administration, and in the context of agricultural practice. It is still controversial how effects with great spatial extent can be assessed in risk analysis, in the approval procedure, in the planning of co-existence measures, and in post market monitoring. With this volume we present the proceedings of the international conference on «Implications of GM-Crop Cultivation at Large Spatial Scales, GMLS 2008», which provided a platform to collate and discuss available methods, strategies and the state-of-the-art in the relevant disciplines. The conference was held at the University of Bremen, Germany, 2nd to 4th of April 2008.
Contents: Karin Mathes: Welcome Address of the Vice President of the Bremen State Parliament – Christoph Then/Antje Lorch: A simple question in a complex environment: how much Bt toxin do genetically engineered MON810 maize plants actually produce? – Algimantas Paulauskas/Milda Jodinskienė/Judita Žukauskienė: Identification of suitable RAPD primers to analyse oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) genetic variability in some regions of Lithuania – Barbara Pipan/Jelka Šuštar-Vozlič/Vladimir Meglič: Oilseed rape production at the Slovenian landscape level and survey of crop to wild gene flow – Rikke B. Jørgensen/Thure Hauser/Tina D’Hertefeldt: The variability of processes involved in transgene dispersal - case studies from Brassica and other crop genera – Terje Traavik: GMOs and their unmodified counterparts: substantially equivalent or different? – Christiane Eschenbach/Andreas Rinker/David Windhorst/Wilhelm Windhorst: Cause effect chains on potential GMO cropping in Schleswig-Holstein – Karen Höltl/Angelika Wurbs: Simulation of GM maize-cultivation scenarios under different coexistence regulations – Hauke Reuter/Simone Böckmann/Broder Breckling: Analysing cross-pollination studies in maize – Hauke Reuter/Broder Breckling/ Angelika Wurbs/Karen Höltl: Modelling maize cross-pollination probabilities on the regional level - exemplary simulations for the county Elbe Elster in Brandenburg, Germany – Simone Gorelli/Alessandro Santucci/Elena Balducci/Marco Mazzoncini/Riccardo Russu: Spatial simulation model to analyse pollen dispersal and coexistence scenarios between GM and GM-free crops – Nathalie Colbach: Effect of cropping systems on species dynamics and gene flow at the landscape level - a modelling approach – Victoria I. S. Lenz-Wiedemann/Christian W. Klar/Karl Schneider: Assessing ecohydrological impacts of crops in a catchment area – Anja Vaasen/Achim Gathmann/Jana Storch/Detlef Bartsch: Public GMO location registers in Germany for supporting national monitoring measures – Wiebke Züghart: Long-term and large-scale effects of genetically modified organism require specific environmental monitoring designs – Jürgen Franzaring/Ingo Holz/Andreas Fangmeier/Jürgen Zipperle: Standardised exposure of bait plants to determine the outcrossing from oilseed rape (OSR) into wild relatives – Jürgen Franzaring/Ingo Holz/Andreas Fangmeier/Jürgen Zipperle: Monitoring the absence of glyphosate and glufosinate resistance traits in feral oilseed rape and wild crucifer populations – Maren Langhof/Bernd Hommel/Alexander Hüsken/Joachim Schiemann/Peter Wehling/Ralf Wilhelm/Gerhard Rühl: Large-scale field trials on gene flow in maize for the development of coexistence measures – Maren Langhof/Bernd Hommel/Alexandra Hüsken/Joachim Schiemann/Peter Wehling/Ralf Wilhelm/Gerhard Rühl: Two year field study on maize gene flow over large distances – Lukas Kleppin/Gunther Schmidt/Winfried Schröder: Web-based Geoinformation Systems: application for GMO related issues – Geoffrey R. Squire/Cathy Hawes/Graham Begg/Ali Karley/Pietro Iannetta/Mark Young: Cumulative impacts of GM herbicide-tolerant cropping on arable plants assessed through species-based and functional taxonomies – Masaharu Kawata: Dispersal and persistence of genetically modified oilseed rape around Japanese harbours – Ewen Mullins/Yann Tricault/Paul Flanagan/Nathalie Colbach/Reamonn Fealy: Developing strategies to assist in the coexistence of GM and non-GM oilseed rape crops on an Irish landscape – Antje Lorch: GM agrofuels - more problems to come – Denis W. Aheto/Broder Breckling: Analysis of the spatial density and neighbourhood distances of cultivated