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DNA extraction After DNA extraction, samples are prepared for the determination of GMO.
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Nov 26 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.

Corn being analysed. JRC works to facilitate the analysis of GMOs in the food chain.
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May 06 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.

Two scientists working in a JRC lab GMO detection in the JRC biotechnology laboratory
©EU, 2011
Dec 04 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.

JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news JRC Newsletter: monthly updates on latest news
Oct 16 2012

The latest edition of the JRC Newsletter has been published and can be downloaded here.

Molecular methods make it possible to verify where fish - such as these haddock - were caught Molecular methods make it possible to verify where fish - such as these haddock - were caught.
©Erik Lindebo, 2007
May 27 2011

A new JRC report shows how molecular technologies can help in the fight against illegal practices and support traceability- including of processed products such as canned fish – 'from ocean to fork'.

Cross-section microscopic view of corn's stalk - Source: Kriss Szkurlatowski (stock.xchng) Plant breeding is essential to meet the global challenges of agriculture by developing new crops with desired characteristics
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May 12 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.

PCR analysis for GMO detection PCR analysis for GMO detection
Nov 10 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.

The effective separation of from non-GM crops is a major concern for the commercialisation of GM crops The effective separation of from non-GM crops is a major concern for the commercialisation of GM crops
©luis rock
Sep 27 2010

Specific measures relating to storing and the application of isolation distances can help limit or avoid the co-mingling of genetically modified (GM) maize with conventional and organic maize, a report prepared by the European Coexistence Bureau (ECoB) concludes. The "Best Practice Document", published by the JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), notes that storing seeds adequately and applying spatial isolation (separation distances, buffer zones and/or discard zones) are the best ways to limit or avoid co-mingling. Alternative practices based on temporal isolation (shifting flowering times of GM and non-GM fields) are possible in several EU countries with specific climatic conditions.

logo Plasmore: products and services in the field of molecular recognition
Sep 30 2009

Created in spring 2009 by a former JRC scientist, Plasmore is a spin-off company and a product of research at the JRC and the University of Pavia, Italy.

The likelihood of crop shipments being rejected at the EU's frontier due to the presence of unapproved GMOs is set to rise. The likelihood of crop shipments being rejected at the EU's frontier due to the presence of unapproved GMOs is set to rise.
Sep 03 2009

The number of commercialised genetically modified (GM) crops in the world is foreseen to multiply by four from about 30 today to over 120 in 2015. This is the forecast presented in the report "The global pipeline of new GM crops: implications of asynchronous approval for international trade", recently published by the JRC. It features a list of new GM crops expected to be commercialised ('in the pipeline') in various parts of the world and analyses their possible impact on international trade. The report notes that their increasing number may cause trade disruptions due to asynchronous approval.

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