Clarifying criteria for plants using new genomic techniques

Decoding a European Commission’s genetic modifications proposal for new plant breeding techniques. Empowering researchers and fostering informed engagement amid evolving agricultural regulations.

In a step towards transparency and understanding, project partner IN society introduced an informative infographic dissecting the European Commission’s proposed genetic modifications for new plant breeding techniques (NGTs).

The European Commission’s proposal, unveiled in July 2023 following a public consultation highlighting concerns about existing legislation on NGTs, suggests a revamped regulatory framework.

The proposal covers plants that contain genetic material from the same plant (targeted mutagenesis) or from crossable plants (cisgenesis, including intragenesis); transgenic plants (which contain genetic material from non-crossable species) will remain subject to the GMO legislation as it stands today.

The infographic breaks down the proposal’s five genetic criteria, offering a comprehensive overview of what it means for NGT plants to be considered equivalent to their conventional counterparts. The overall goal was simple: ensuring that scientists engaged in genetic modifications understand the proposed criteria in detail and its potential impacts on their work.

Recent updates on the legislative proposal reflect an encouraging level of public involvement. The feedback period, open from July 7, 2023, to November 5, 2023, saw nearly 4000 unique submissions. This robust response, primarily from EU citizens, particularly in France and Germany, indicates a collective interest in shaping the regulatory trajectory of NGTs.

Meanwhile, the GAIN4CROPS project continues its innovative work in rewiring photorespiration to bolster crop productivity sustainably. IN society’s contribution, while distinct in focus, aligns with a broader narrative of addressing challenges in agriculture through cutting-edge solutions.

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