Arpaia, S.2; Messéan, A.3; Birch, N.A.4; Hokannen, H.5; Härtel, S.6; van Loon, J.7; Lövei, G.12; Park, J.8; Spreafico, H.9; Squire, G.R.4; Steffan-Dewenter, I.6; Tebbe, C.10; van der Voet, H.11
1 Department of Agroecology - Crop Health, Department of Agroecology, Science and Technology, Aarhus University2 ENEA National Agency for new Technologies, Energy and Environment, Research Centre Trisaia3 INRA, Unité Eco-Innov4 The James Hutton Institute5 Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki6 Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany.7 Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University8 Department of Agriculture, University of Reading9 Minerva Consulting and Communication Sprl.10 Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Institute for Biodiversity11 Biometris, Wageningen University12 Department of Agroecology - Crop Health, Department of Agroecology, Science and Technology, Aarhus University
the approach of AMIGA project
The environmental impacts of genetically modified crops is still a controversial issue in Europe. The overall risk assessment framework has recently been reinforced by the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA) and its implementation requires harmonized and efficient methodologies. The EU-funded research project AMIGA − Assessing and monitoring Impacts of Genetically modified plants on Agro-ecosystems − aims to address this issue, by providing a framework that establishes protection goals and baselines for European agro-ecosystems, improves knowledge on the potential long term environmental effects of genetically modified (GM) plants, tests the efficacy of the EFSA Guidance Document for the Environmental Risk Assessment, explores new strategies for post market monitoring, and provides a systematic analysis of economic aspects of Genetically Modified crops cultivation in the EU. Research focuses on ecological studies in different EU regions, the sustainability of GM crops is estimated by analysing the functional components of the agro-ecosystems and specific experimental protocols are being developed for this scope.