Title: The Global Pipeline of GM crops: an outlook for 2020
Citation: NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY vol. 34 no. 1 p. 31-36
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC95246
ISSN: 1087-0156
URI: http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v34/n1/full/nbt.3449.html
DOI: 10.1038/nbt.3449
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This study presents the worldwide pipeline of genetically modified (GM) crops that are likely to be commercialized and cultivated by farmers in the short to medium term. The database presented has been built by collecting information about the status of GM crops both in the regulatory pipeline of national biotechnology agencies and in the advanced phase of development by technology providers. Particular attention will be given to the 2020 outlook of new crops and traits, with a special focus on new quality traits (like e.g. for nutrition enhancement) and plants and traits developed for the emerging Bioeconomy sector. This last group refers to plants genetically modified to provide feedstock material for the manufacturing of liquid biofuels and the production of bio-based chemicals. The collected information depicts the orientation taken by biotechnology innovations in agriculture and analyses its consequences for many actors in the commodity supply chain, from farmers to commodity users and consumers as well as for the regulatory/authorization bodies. Additionally, trade implications of the global GM crops pipeline are also analysed, giving particular relevance to the potential issues of Low Level Presence (LLP) of non-authorised GM crops, related to asynchronous approval or isolated foreign approvals of GM crops.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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