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:
30/05/2009 to 31/12/2013

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

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
thale cressbrassicaceaearabidopsisarabidopsis thalianaColombia

2. Description of the traits and characteristics which have been introduced or modified, including marker genes and previous modifications:
Lack of different photosynthetic proteins, or constitutive expression of ELIP, a protein probably involved in the metabolism of photosynthetic pigments (chlorophylls or carotenoids). 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:
A) T-DNA or
B) transposon to inactivate one gene: In case of T-DNA a selection marker (Km resistence) bu no other active genetic material. I case of transposon no active genetic material.
C) Consitutive expression of ELIP, , a protein probably involved in the metabolism of photosynthetic pigments (chlorophylls or carotenoids). This is one of the most expressed proteins under stress conditions (like outside in our climate), and we would like to study e g pigment biosynthesis if ELIP is expressed where the plant does not want it to be.

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:
Umeå University garden, Sweden.

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:
To modify the expression levels of some of the most abundant proteins in plants can not be expected to affect environment or human health.

Environmental Impact and Risk Management

Summary of the potential environmental impact from the release of the GMPts:
If anything lower fitness, expression levels of photosynthetic proteins are under strong selection so any alterantion that we could do would affect the plant negatively.

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:
23/06/2009 00:00:00