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 insect resistant and herbicides tolerant maize hybrids.

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

Name of the Institute(s) or Company(ies)
Pioneer Genetique Sarl, Chemin de l'Enseigure
31840 Aussonne;

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 maysmaysexperimental hybrids

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
The tested maize hybrid have been obtained by crossing 2 genetically modified inbreds: one inbred had an insert providing resistance to Lepidopteran insects and tolerance to glufosinate-ammonium (Confidential information is provided in B/FR/01/03/02) and the other inbred is carrying an insert for tolerance to glyphosate herbicide (confidential information is available from dossier B/FR/99/04/06).

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 in the parental lines are provided in the SNIF of dossiers B/FR/01/03/02 and B/FR/99/04/06

6. Brief description of the method used for the genetic modification:
The description of the method used for the genetic modification in the parental lines is provided in the SNIF from dossiers B/FR/01/03/02 and B/FR/99/04/06.

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

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
The goal of this release is to collect data on the composition of the different parts of the modified plants as well as their non-modified counterparts and on the expression of the produced proteins.

2. Geographical location of the site:
- Carbonne (31390), Midi-Pyrénée
- Monségur (40700), Landes

3. Size of the site (m2):
The trial at each site will cover about 1000m2 (all varieties and borders included) of which 150m2 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 have already been conducted in several locations with the individual events and no environmental problems were reported for these trials. The transgenic plants resulting from the traditional crossing have appeared normal in all respects in the current trials conducted in South America. They were indistinguishable from the non-genetically modified corn plants except for showing tolerance when the herbicides (glufosinate and glyphosate) have been applied as well as showing resistance to Lepidopteran insects such as European Corn Borer.

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 nor from GM maize tolerant to glufosinate and resistant to Lepidopteran insects have been reported. This is based on the information contained in the previous dossiers submitted for testing the individual events (B/FR/01/03/02 and B/FR/99/04/06).

Brief description of any measures taken for the management of risks:
The shedding of pollen from the GM plants will be controlled by removing the tassels or by bagging them before any pollen shed can occur.
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 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. A herbicide treatment (other than glyphosate or glufosinate) 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:
Not known