Environmental risks of new genomic techniques

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Closing conference on the ‘Horizon Scanning’ undertaken by the Project Genetic Engineering and the Environment

– Online conference on 15. November 2022 –
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Review – Slides from our conference on November 15, 2022:

Christoph Then, Testbiotech
Overview on goals and results of the project

Franziska Koller, FGU
Technical features and risks of NGT applications in food plants

Meike Schulz, FGU
Possible interactions of NGT plants with the environment

Michael Eckerstorfer, Environment Agency Austria (UBA)
Differences between NGT applications and conventional breeding

Christof Potthof, Expert analysis commissioned by BfN
Analysis of the EU Commission study on NGTs


Developments in biotechnology have been highly dynamic in recent years. In particular, the new genomic techniques (NGTs, genome-editing) can be expected to accelerate the release of genetically engineered organisms.

The Project Genetic Engineering and the Environment (Fachstelle Gentechnik & Umwelt. FGU) started its ‘Horizon Scanning’ project in November 2019. The project is funded by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) via the UFOPLAN of the Federal Ministry for the Environment – grant number 3519840300. The Horizon Scanning project focused on research in the field of new genomic techniques (NGTs), its technical variants, applications, technical potentials and potential impacts on nature and the environment. It was designed to identify new developments in biotechnology and to systemically identify risks associated with the technology and its applications at an early stage. A key finding of the project are the differences in comparison to conventional breeding, as NGTs make the genome available for changes to a greater extent. A presentation of findings on the potential environmental impacts of genome-edited camelina with changes in oil composition will also be included.