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 resistant to certain Lepidopteran insects and tolerant to an herbicide.

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

Name of the Institute(s) or Company(ies)
Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones y Tecnología Agraria, Ctra de la Coruña km 7,5
28040 Madrid;

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/01/09 submitted by Pioneer.

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/01/09 submitted by Pioneer.

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/01/09 submitted by Pioneer.

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
The goal of the release is the testing of hybrids and inbred lines of maize line 1507 in view of registration on the National catalogue.

2. Geographical location of the site:
1 location will be used in the South of Spain in 2003:
- La Rinconada, Sevilla

3. Size of the site (m2):
The trial in 2003 will cover about 900m² (all varieties and borders included).

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 being insect resistant and herbicide tolerant.

Environmental Impact and Risk Management

Summary of the potential environmental impact from the release of the GMPts:
The e.r.a. has not identified any risks to human and animal health or the environment from the deliberate release of the genetically modified (GM) maize containing resistance to certain Lepidopteran insects and tolerance to glufosinate-ammonium. This is based on the information contained in the notification submitted by Pioneer.

Brief description of any measures taken for the management of risks:
The shedding of pollen from the GM plants will be controlled by maintaining a 200-meter isolation distance with 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 glufosinate 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 glufosinate) will be used in order to ensure destruction if needed.

Final report

European Commission administrative information

Consent given by the Member State Competent Authority:
24/04/2003 00:00:00