This series represents a compilation of the biosafety consensus documents developed
by the OECD Working Group on Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology
over the periods 2011-12 (Volume 5) and 2013-15 (Volume 6). Volumes 5 and 6 describe
the biology, centres of origin, genetics, hybridisation, production and use, and ecology
elements of several crops (sugarcane, cassava, sorghum, common bean, cucurbits) and
trees (eucalyptus species). They also provide considerations on pathogenicity factors
in assessing the potential adverse health effects of bacteria, and the low level presence
of transgenic plants in seed and grain commodities.
The consensus documents contain information for use during the regulatory assessment
of products of modern biotechnology, i.e. transgenic organisms (plants, animals, micro-organisms),
when intended for release in the environment. As such, it should be of value to applicants
for use of genetically-engineered organisms in agriculture mainly, to regulators and
risk assessors in national authorities for their biosafety assessments, as well as
the wider scientific community. More information on this OECD programme is found at
BioTrack online (www.oecd.org/biotrack).
Volume 7 covers the biology of plant species (sorghum and tomato) and relates to Atlantic salmon.
Volume 6 describes the biology, centres of origin, genetics, hybridisation, production and use, and ecology elements (sugarcane, cassava, sorghum, common bean, cucurbits) and trees (eucalyptus species) from 2013-15.