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Safety Assessment of Transgenic Organisms: OECD Consensus Documents


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Volumes 3 and 4 - Publication Date: November 2010

The OECD biosafety consensus documents identify elements of scientific information used in the environmental safety and risk assessment of transgenic organisms which are common to OECD member countries and some non members associated with the work.  This is intended to encourage information sharing, promote harmonised practices, and prevent duplication of effort among countries.

When published, Volumes 1 and 2 contained the documents issued before 2006; Volumes 3 and 4 are a continuation of the compilation up to 2010. These reports offer ready access to those consensus documents which have been issued on the website thus far. As such, it should be of value to applicants for commercial uses of transgenic organisms (crops, trees, microorganisms), to regulators and risk assessors in national authorities, as well as the wider scientific community.


Content by Volume

    Volume 4
    • Biology of crops
      • Cotton (Gossypium spp.)
      • Bananas and plantains (Musa spp.)
    • Micro-organisms
      • Acinetobacter
      • Use of taxonomy in risk assessment of micro-organisms: Bacteria
      • Methods for detection of micro-organisms intoduced into the environmental: Bacteria
      • Horizontal gene transfer between bacteria
    Volume 3
    • Biology of trees
      • White pine (Pinus monticola)
      • Jack pine (Pinus banksiana)
      • North american larches (Larix lyalli, Larix occidentalis, Larix laricina)
      • Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
      • Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta)
      • Black spruce (Picea mariana)
    • Traits
      • Safety information on transgenic plants expressing Bacillus thuringiensis–Derived insect control protein
    • Facilitating harmonisation
      • Guidance for designation of a unique identifier for transgenic plants
      • Molecular characterization of plants derived from modern biotechnology 
    Volume 2
    • Biology of trees
      • Norway spruce (Picea abies)
      • White spruce (Picea glauca)
      • Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis)
      • Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)
      • Poplars (Populus spp.)
      • Stone fruits (Prunus spp.)
      • European white birch (Betula pendula)
    • Micro-organims
      • Pseudomonas
      • Acidithiobacillus
      • Baculovirus
    Volume 1
    • Biology of crops
      • Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus)
      • Potato (Solanum tuberosum subs. Tuberosum)
      • Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
      • Rice (Oryza sativa)
      • Soybean (Glycine max)
      • Sugar Beet (Beta vulgaris)
      • Maize (Zea mays subs. mays)
      • Sunflower (Helianthus annus)
      • Papaya (Carica papaya)
      • Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus spp.)
      • Chili, Hot & Sweet Peppers (Capsicum annuum)
    • Traits
      • Crop plants made virus resistant trough coat protein gene-mediated protection
      • Genes and their enzymes that confer tolerance to glyphosate herbicide
      • Genes and their enzymes that confer tolerance to phosphinothricin herbicide
      • Herbicide metabolism and the residues in glufosinate-ammonium (phosphinothricin) -tolerant transgenic plants


    • Volume 7 covers the biology of plant species (sorghum and tomato) and relates to Atlantic salmon.
    •  Volume 6 (2013-15) and Volume 5 (from 2011-12) describes the biology, centres of origin, genetics, hybridisation, production and use, and ecology elements (sugarcane, cassava, sorghum, common bean, cucurbits) and trees (eucalyptus species).
    • Volumes 4, 3, 2 and 1


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