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
Agronomic Evaluation of genetically modified cotton variety, glyphosate tolerant and insect resistance, for variety registration.

Proposed period of release:
21/03/2009 to 21/03/2010

Name of the Institute(s) or Company(ies)
Bayer BioScience N.V., Technologiepark 38
B-9052 Gent

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

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

If yes, notification number(s):

Genetically modified plant

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

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
Insect resistant and herbicide tolerance.

Genetic modification

3. Type of genetic modification:
Insertion; Other;
Conventional crossing breeding between genetically modified parental lines. No
additional genetic modifications

In case of insertion of genetic material, give the source and intended function of each constituent fragment of the region to be inserted:
Genetic elements which confer the phenotype insect resistant and herbicide
-cry2: Coding sequence of cry gene from Bacillus thuringiensis that confers the insect resistance trait.
-cry1Ab: Coding sequence of cry1Ab gene from Bacillus thuringiensis that confers the insect resistance trait.
- bar : Coding sequence of the phosphinothricin acetyltransferase gene (bar) from Streptomyces hygroscopicus that confers the herbicide resistance trait.
-2mepsps: Coding sequence of 2mepsps from maize that confers the glyphosate herbicide resistance trait.

Refer to the Confidential Annex for further information.

6. Brief description of the method used for the genetic modification:
The transformation event is the result of the conventional breeding between the a stack event and a genetically modified parental transformation event.
The transgenic cotton parental lines are generated using disarmed Agrobacterium-mediated transformation.

7. If the recipient or parental plant is a forest tree species, describe ways and extent of dissemination and specific factors affecting dissemination:
Not relevant.

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
Field trials for agronomic evaluation of the genetic modified cotton variety under the climatic conditions of the Spanish cotton cultivation areas, for variety registration.

2. Geographical location of the site:
Province of Seville
Coria del Río 1 location
Alcalá de Guadaira, 1 location
Alcalá del Río, 1 location
Brenes, 1 location

Province of Cádiz
Villa Martín, 1 location
Jerez de la Frontera, 1 location
Arcos de la Frontera, 1 location
Rota, 1 location

3. Size of the site (m2):
Each location will have a max. surface of approximately 3 ha, including GM and no GM cotton. In each location other GM experimental varieties described in other notifications will be present.

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:
- The genetic change appears stable.
- The new glyphosate-tolerant cotton varieties share the characteristics of cotton plants in agricultural production and of cottonseed in commerce.
- The new insect resistant cotton varieties share the characteristics of cotton plants in agricultural production.
- There is no cause for concern to non-target organisms presented by the new plant varieties.
- The potential for gene flow, the transfer of insect resistance to conventional or wild cotton relatives, is low.
- The consequence of gene flow would not be detrimental to current agronomic systems and can be managed by current agricultural practices.

Environmental Impact and Risk Management

Summary of the potential environmental impact from the release of the GMPts:
Genetically modified cotton has the same behavior as conventional cotton except for the characters encoded by the inserted genes.
Due to the measures taken in the trials and the lack of wild relatives of cotton in Europe, Bayer Bioscience N.V. considers that gene transfer is unlikely to happen, neither to other species nor to conventional cotton.

Brief description of any measures taken for the management of risks:
The trials will be conducted with an isolation distance of 200 m from any other cotton. The field trial sites will be surrounded with at least 4 rows of non-transgenic cotton (pollen trap) which will be destroyed after flowering.
The products harvested from the field trials will be used for experimental purposes or destroyed.
Each site will be visited on a regular basis during the trial period.

Summary of foreseen field trial studies focused to gain new data on environmental and human health impact from the release:
The planned fiedl trials are designed in order to evaluate the agronomic value of the variety.
The planned field trials are not designed to address the impact of the release on human health.

Final report

European Commission administrative information

Consent given by the Member State Competent Authority:
16/02/2009 00:00:00