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
The photosynthetic genome

Proposed period of release:
01/05/2004 to 31/12/2008

Name of the Institute(s) or Company(ies)
Department of Plant Physiology, Umea University, ;

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
thale cressbrassicaceaearabidopsisarabidopsis thalianaColombia

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
Lack of photosynthetic proteins, plus antibiotic resistance gene for selection.

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:
T-DNA or transposons knockouts to eliminate expression of the particular genes. In the case of T-DNA antibiotic (Km) resistance to select for transformants, otherwise no active genetic material. In the case of transposon no active genetic material.

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

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
To study the function of the different photosynthetic proteins.

2. Geographical location of the site:
The garden outside the University greenhouse.

3. Size of the site (m2):

Environmental Impact and Risk Management

Summary of the potential environmental impact from the release of the GMPts:
Only disadvantages, "loss-of-function" mutations. In principle could a "loss-of-function" mutation give a selective advantage, but since almost all spontaneous mutations are loss-of-function mutations happen all kinds of such mutations, in an evolutionary perspective, often and plants with this phenotype are therefore created all the time in a natural population.

Brief description of any measures taken for the management of risks:
When flowering occurs, the whole site gets enclosed by insect net to prevent insect-mediated pollen dispersal. Inside the enclosure only steriliszed soil is used - no weeds get to grow there. All siliques are picked by hand, one of the main purpose of the experiment is to mesure total seed production. Inspectiion of the site more than four time a week. All material, including soil, inside the enclosure will be treated as transgenic waste.

Final report

European Commission administrative information

Consent given by the Member State Competent Authority:
22/06/2004 00:00:00