JRC News

  1. 26 Nov 2015

    The JRC has published a new database, JRC GMO-Amplicons, which contains more than 240 000 DNA sequences appearing in genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It will help to verify the presence of GMOs in food, feed and environment.

  2. 22 May 2015

    In their recent peer-reviewed paper entitled "Genetically modified animals: options and issues for traceability and enforcement", JRC scientists provide an overview of the 75 GM-animals already existing or in advanced state of development worldwide. About half of these are designed for the food market.  The study also reviews the available methods for control and traceability in the food and feed chain.

  3. 30 Mar 2015

    Comparative GMO testing data elaborated by the European Reference Laboratory for Food and Feed (EURL GMFF) can now be consulted  online and downloaded by interested parties.

  4. 13 Feb 2015

    In collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), based in the Philippines, scientists at the Molecular Biology and Genomics Unit of the JRC developed a quantitative PCR detection method in support to the authorisation for cultivation of a rice variety producing provitamin A in the grain. This variety of rice would be cultivated in the Philippines and in other countries of the region (e.g. Vietnam and Bangladesh).


  5. 11 Feb 2015

    In the frame of JRC's international GMO testing capacity building activity, a delegation of Tunisian scientists and representatives from several ministries, members of the Tunisian Bio-safety commission, is meeting with JRC experts in Ispra from 11 to 13 February to exchange information and share expertise on harmonisation of GMO detection and analysis.

  6. 6 Feb 2015

    A new report provides guidelines for a correct sample preparation during GMO analysis on food, feed, seed, plants and propagating material samples. Sample preparation, a key step between sampling and analysis, has so far suffered from a lack of guidance and harmonisation. The new guidelines provide details and practical hints which will contribute to foster harmonised test results in the official controls conducted by National Reference Laboratories (NRLs).

  7. 6 May 2014

    JRC scientists have developed a decision support tool to optimise the detection of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) via computer simulation. The JRC GMO-Matrix will make the analysis of GMOs in the food chain more efficient and cost-effective.

  8. 4 Dec 2012

    From 3 to 5 December, the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL) meets at the JRC Ispra site to discuss emerging issues related to GMO analysis but also celebrate its official 10th Anniversary.

  9. 12 May 2011

    The EU leads research in the field innovation in plant breeding, but still lags behind in patenting the resulting technologies, a JRC study reveals. The report notes that 45 % of peer-reviewed scientific research publications in the field worldwide are produced in the EU, followed by North America with 32 %. On the other hand, 65 % of the total patenting of resulting technologies is carried out by US-based institutions. Twenty six percent of patents are registered by EU-based institutions.

  10. 10 Nov 2010

    A new reference report published today by the JRC lists 79 reference methods for GMO analysis which have been validated according to international standards. This compendium, developed jointly by the EU Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed (EU-RL GMFF) and the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL), presents the technical state of the art in GMO detection methods. Each method is described in a user-friendly way, facilitating the implementation of GMO legislation by official control bodies.