Life in earth: the impact of GM plants on soil ecology?

Lilley, Andrew K.; Bailey, Mark J.; Cartwright, C.; Turner, Sarah L.; Hirsch, P. R.. 2006 Life in earth: the impact of GM plants on soil ecology? Trends in Biotechnology, 24. 9-14.

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The impact of changes incurred by agricultural biotechnology has led to concern regarding soil ecosystems and, rightly or wrongly, this has focused on the introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops. Soils are key resources, with essential roles in supporting ecosystems and maintaining environmental quality and productivity. The complexity of soils presents difficulties to their inclusion in the risk assessment process conducted for all GM plants. However, a combined approach, informed by both soil ecology and soil quality perspectives, that considers the impacts of GM crops in the context of conventional agricultural practices can provide a regulatory framework to ensure the protection of soils without being overly restrictive.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: _ Molecular Microbial Ecology
ISSN: 0167-7799
Format Availability: Electronic, Print
Additional Keywords: agricultural biotechnology, genetically modified crops, soils
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 15 Jun 2007 14:38 +0 (UTC)

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