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:
01/06/2008 to 30/09/2012

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?

If yes, notification number(s):

Genetically modified plant

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

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
Overexpression of the photosynthetic protein PsbS, plus antibiotic resistance gene (kanamycin) 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:
The Araidopsis PsbS gene under its own promoter etc. (GenBank Acc. Number AF134131, a 3198 bp fragment of the BAC clone F9J23.

A kanamycine resistance gene for selection and a fragment of the LacZ gene (in total 2572 bp)

6. Brief description of the method used for the genetic modification:
Agribacterium-mediated transformation

Experimental Release

1. Purpose of the release:
Basic research on photosynthesis

2. Geographical location of the site:
UmeƄ University garden

3. Size of the site (m2):
Less than 10 m2

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:
We have previously grown this genotype in the field (B/SE/02/2603) and seen that it survives as well as wild type plants. The aim of the research is to find out why evolution has set the level of PsbS in Arabidopsis to what it is; why is it not beneficial to have more of PsbS?

Environmental Impact and Risk Management

Summary of the potential environmental impact from the release of the GMPts:
No increased seed production in previous field experiments. As mentioned above, the aim of the research is to find out why evolution has set the level of PsbS in Arabidopsis to what it is; why is it not beneficial to have more of PsbS? The expression level of PsbS is, like all other genes, optimized by evolution and selection, but why is it negative to have more PsbS?

Brief description of any measures taken for the management of risks:
Daily inspection on weekdays, sometimes also during weekends. All Arabidopsis and Cardaminopsis plant within 10 m from the site removed. When plants flower, under insect net to prevent insect-mediated pollination. Pods are hand-picked. All material on the site, including soil, treated as transgenic and destroyed.

Final report

European Commission administrative information

Consent given by the Member State Competent Authority:
27/05/2008 00:00:00