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 with improved photosynthesis

Proposed period of release:
01/04/2007 to 30/11/2010

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):
B/FR/03/03/04; B/FR/05/02/03;

Genetically modified plant

Complete name of the recipient or parental plant(s)
Common NameFamily NameGenusSpeciesSubspeciesCultivar/breeding line
maizepoaceaezeazea maysmaysA188 line and experimental hybrids

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
Improvement of photosynthetic performances under drought conditions
Transgenic plants contain the nptII gene conferring resistance to kanamycine or the bar gene conferring resistance to glufosinate

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:
pepc promoter: Sorghum bicolor non coding regulatory sequence
pepc: Sorghum bicolor coding sequence
Actin1 promoter &first intron: Oryza sativa non coding regulatory sequence
nptII: Escherichia coli coding sequence
bar Streptomyces hygroscopicus coding sequence
nos 3’: Agrobacterium tumefaciens non coding regulatory sequence
Ds 5’ / Ds 3’: Zea mays non 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:
Non applicable

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
Production of plant and grain under agronomic conditions (irrigation) and in dry conditions (low or no irrigation).
Total biomass production evaluation under different irrigation conditions.
Functional gene validation.

2. Geographical location of the site:
Center of France (Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne)
South-West of France (Gers and Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées)
( Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine)

3. Size of the site (m2):
5 000 sq mt maximal size for transgenic plants (2007 to 2010, border rows not included), 10 sites max.

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:
Third release for these transformation events.

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.
There is no wild relatives of corn in Europe and 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. There is no short-term possible effect on specific cultivation management and harvesting
Potential environmental impact considered minimal, given the conditions of the field trial (location,
absence of pollen production or field isolation, 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
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:
Non applicable

Final report

European Commission administrative information

Consent given by the Member State Competent Authority:
Not known