Quality of laboratory studies assessing effects of Bt-proteins on non-target organisms: minimal criteria for acceptability

Last updated on 4-1-2022 by Adinda De Schrijver

Peer reviewed scientific article




The potential risks that genetically modified plants may pose to non-target organisms and the ecosystem services they contribute to are assessed as part of pre-market risk assessments. This paper reviews the early tier studies testing the hypothesis whether exposure to plant-produced Cry34/35Ab1 proteins as a result of cultivation of maize 59122 is harmful to valued non-target organisms, in particular Arthropoda and Annelida. The available studies were assessed for their scientific quality by considering a set of criteria determining their relevance and reliability. As a case-study, this ex…

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