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
Field experimentation of a genetically modified corn tolerant to corn root worm

Proposed period of release:
01/04/2003 to 30/11/2006

Name of the Institute(s) or Company(ies)
Biogemma, ;

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
maizepoaceaezeazea maysmayshybrids between A188 and a breeding line

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
Increase the tolerance to corn root worm by constitutive expression of a protease inhibitor
Transgenic plants contain the bar gene conferring resistance to glufosinate
The marker gene is to be excised using a gene marker elimination system

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:
Actin1 and first intron: Oryza sativa non coding regulatory sequence
bar (pat): Streptomyces hygroscopicus coding sequence
nos 3': Agrobacterium tumefaciens non coding regulatory sequence
Ds 5' / Ds 3' Zea mays non coding sequence
CsVMV promoter: Cassava vein mosaic virus non coding regulatory sequence
equistatin Actinia equina coding sequence
KDEL Plant coding sequence
RB / LB Agrobacterium tumefaciens non-coding sequence

6. Brief description of the method used for the genetic modification:
Agrobacterium tumefaciens 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 applicable

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
Production and screening of plants for gene marker elimination

2. Geographical location of the site:
Center of France (Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne)
South-west of France (Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées)

3. Size of the site (m2):
Auvergne 1 800 m2 (2003 to 2006, border rows not included)
Midi-Pyrénées 1 800 m2 (2003 to 2006, border rows not 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:
5 out of the 30 transformation events proposed to be released have been tested in the field in the US (see B.4 above). No significant impact has been observed on the environment and on the human health.

Environmental Impact and Risk Management

Summary of the potential environmental impact from the release of the GMPts:
None of the introduced traits has potential effects to modify the plant persistency in the environment (plants will not be challenged by pests or sprayed by herbicide). There is no wild relatives of corn in Europe and possible outcrossing are not possible. In this experiment, there is no modification of the direct or indirect interactions between the modified plants and target or non-target organisms. There is no expected effects on human health and on animal health. Plants will not be used as food or feed. There is no short-term possible effect on specific cultivation management and harvesting techniques. Potential environmental impact considered minimal, given the conditions of the field trial (location, absence pollen production, presence of 4 rows of non-transgenic maize plants around the field trial, minimal contacts with fauna and flora, absence of wild relatives of maize species in the release areas ...).

Brief description of any measures taken for the management of risks:
Release sites located in intensive agriculture areas. Collection of seeds, destruction of plant vegetative material.
Monitoring and destruction of volunteers during one year following the end of experiment.

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

Final report

European Commission administrative information

Consent given by the Member State Competent Authority:
Not known