Ecological Monitoring of Genetically Modified Crops:

Ecological Monitoring of Genetically Modified Crops:

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Proponents of agricultural biotechnology believe that genetically modified (GM) crops have the potential to provide great ecological benefits, such as reduced pesticide and land use, as well as agricultural benefits. However, given the rapid emergence of commercial GM crops and the likely increase in their use, many groups have raised concerns about the potential unintended, adverse ecological effects of these crops. Some ecological concerns are enhanced development of pest resistance, crosspollination with wild relatives, and reductions in beneficial insects or birds. Ecological Monitoring of Genetically Modified Crops considers the latest in monitoring methods and technologies and to asks--What are the challenges associated with monitoring for ecological effects of GM crops? Is ongoing ecological monitoring of GM crops a useful and informative activity? If so, how should scientifically rigorous monitoring be carried out in the variety of ecological settings in which GM crops are grown?She obtained her PhD in applied psychology from the University of Leeds, UK. * Henry Gholz is professor of ecology in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. He has conducted research in temperate andanbsp;...

Title:Ecological Monitoring of Genetically Modified Crops:
Author: Board on Biology, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Joan Esnayra, Ph.D., Robert Pool, Ph.D., National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2000-02-21

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