Notification report

General information

Notification Number

Member State to which the notification was sent

Date of acknowledgement from the Member State Competent Authority

Title of the Project
Testing of maize hybrids tolerant to a herbicide.

Proposed period of release:
15/04/2003 to 15/12/2006

Name of the Institute(s) or Company(ies)
PIONEER HI-BRED SPAIN S.L., Avenida Reino Unido s/n, Edificio ADYTEC-Euroficinas 2nda planta, ES-41012 Sevilla;

3. Is the same GMPt release planned elsewhere in the Community?

Has the same GMPt been notified elsewhere by the same notifier?

Genetically modified plant

Complete name of the recipient or parental plant(s)
Common NameFamily NameGenusSpeciesSubspeciesCultivar/breeding line
maizepoaceaezeazea maysmays

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
Confidential Business Information, available in notification B/ES/01/05 submitted by Monsanto (Maize Line NK603).

Genetic modification

3. Type of genetic modification:

In case of insertion of genetic material, give the source and intended function of each constituent fragment of the region to be inserted:
The list of the genetic elements inserted is given in the SNIF from notification B/ES/01/05 submitted by Monsanto (Maize Line NK603).

6. Brief description of the method used for the genetic modification:
The description of the method used for the genetic modification is provided in the SNIF from notification B/ES/01/05 submitted by Monsanto.

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
The goal of this release is to collect agronomic data on the modified plants in comparison with non-modified equivalents.

2. Geographical location of the site:
3 locations will be used in Spain in 2003:
- Cogullada (Zaragoza)
- Montañana (Zaragoza)
- Pastriz (Zaragoza)

3. Size of the site (m2):
The trial at each site in 2003 will cover about 2000m² (all varieties and borders included) of which 300m² will be planted with the transgenic plants concerned by this application.

4. Relevant data regarding previous releases carried out with the same GM-plant, if any, specifically related to the potential environmental and human health impacts from the release:
Field trials were conducted in several locations and no environmental problems were reported for these trials. The transgenic plants have appeared normal in all respects. They were indistinguishable from the non-genetically modified corn plants except for showing herbicide tolerance when glyphosate is applied.

Environmental Impact and Risk Management

Summary of the potential environmental impact from the release of the GMPts:
No risks to human and animal health or the environment from the deliberate release of GM maize tolerant to glyphosate have been reported. This is based on the information contained in the MONSANTO notification (Maize Line NK603).

Brief description of any measures taken for the management of risks:
In order to limit any pollen flow from the GM plants, a 200m-isolation distance will be maintained to any other commercial corn crop.
Seed dispersal of individual kernels does not generally occur. They are fixed on a cob and enclosed in many husks that protect the seeds from outside contact. For this trial, a few seeds will need to be collected for analysis; this will be done by sampling the whole ear and unused seeds will be destroyed.
In case of any emergency, the trial could be stopped by application of a non-selective herbicide other than glyphosate or by mechanical destruction and incorporation into the soil.
At the end of the release all remaining plant matter that has not been harvested for analyses will be destroyed by chopping and incorporating into the soil.
Volunteer maize will be monitored during the following year. An herbicide treatment (other than glyphosate) will be used in order to ensure destruction if needed

Summary of foreseen field trial studies focused to gain new data on environmental and human health impact from the release:
Not applicable to this release.

Final report

European Commission administrative information

Consent given by the Member State Competent Authority:
27/03/2003 00:00:00
The competent authority is Aragón.