Statement on a scientific publication on vertical gene flow in rice and its potential ecological consequences by Lu & Yang (2009)

Rice, vertical gene flow, potential ecological consequences, wild/weedy relatives, grain spillage, environmental safety
First published in the EFSA Journal
16. November 2009
Adopted
22. Oktober 2009
Type
Statement

Abstract

Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Genetically Modified Organismswas asked to review the published scientific paper of Lu & Yang (2009) and to indicate whether thispaper contains new information that would alter the previous EFSA GMO Panel environmental safetyconclusions on the genetically modified rice event LLRice62. This scientific paper reviews verticalgene flow between cultivated GM rice and cross-compatible wild/weedy rice relatives and thepotential ecological consequences thereof. In 2007, the EFSA GMO Panel issued a scientific opinionon the risk assessment evaluation of application EFSA/GMO/UK/2004/04 for the market authorisationof LLRice62 for food/feed uses, import and processing in the EU. In light of the new scientific paperprovided by the European Commission and, having considered relevant scientific publications onvertical gene flow in rice, the EFSA GMO Panel concludes that, in terms of risk to the environment,no new scientific evidence has been provided that invalidates the previous environmental riskassessment evaluation of LLRice62 for its intended uses, which exclude cultivation.

Panel members at the time of adoption

Hans Christer Andersson, Salvatore Arpaia, Detlef Bartsch, Josep Casacuberta, Howard Davies, Patrick du Jardin, Gerhard Flachowsky, Lieve Herman, Huw Jones, Sirpa Kärenlampi, Jozsef Kiss, Gijs Kleter, Harry Kuiper, Antoine Messéan, Kaare Magne Nielsen, Joe Perry, Annette Poeting, Jeremy Sweet, Christoph Tebbe, Atte Johannes von Wright, and Jean-Michel Wal
Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
Contact
GMO [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2009.1365
EFSA Journal 2009; 7(11):1365
Question Number
On request from
European Commission