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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680789/is-it-only-the-regulatory-status-broadening-the-debate-on-cisgenic-plants
#1
Lilian van Hove, Frøydis Gillund
In current debates on emerging technologies for plant breeding in Europe, much attention has been given to the regulatory status of these techniques and their public acceptance. At present, both genetically modified plants with cisgenic approaches-using genes from crossable species-as well as transgenic approaches-using genes from different species-fall under GMO regulation in the EU and both are mandatorily labelled as GMOs. Researchers involved in the early development of cisgenic GM plants convey the message that the potential use and acceptance of cisgenic approaches will be seriously hindered if GMO regulations are not adjusted...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546900/response-to-kruse-plass-et-al-2017-regarding-the-risk-to-non-target-lepidopteran-larvae-exposed-to-pollen-from-one-or-more-of-three-bt-maize-events-mon810-bt11-and-1507
#2
Joe N Perry, Paolo Barberi, Detlef Bartsch, A N E Birch, Achim Gathmann, Jozsef Kiss, Barbara Manachini, Marco Nuti, Stefan Rauschen, Joachim Schiemann, Mechthild Schuppener, Jeremy Sweet, Christoph C Tebbe, Fabio Veronesi
We respond to the paper of Kruse-Plass et al. (Environ Sci Eur 29:12, 2017), published in this journal, regarding the risk to non-target lepidopteran larvae exposed to pollen from one or more of three Bt maize events (MON810, Bt11 and 1507). We emphasise that what is important for environmental risk assessment is not the number of pollen grains per se, but the degree of exposure of a NT lepidopteran larva to Bt protein contained in maize pollen. The main text of this response deals with general issues which Kruse-Plass et al...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458989/migration-of-aluminum-from-food-contact-materials-to-food-a-health-risk-for-consumers-part-i-of-iii-exposure-to-aluminum-release-of-aluminum-tolerable-weekly-intake-twi-toxicological-effects-of-aluminum-study-design-and-methods
#3
Thorsten Stahl, Sandy Falk, Alice Rohrbeck, Sebastian Georgii, Christin Herzog, Alexander Wiegand, Svenja Hotz, Bruce Boschek, Holger Zorn, Hubertus Brunn
BACKGROUND: In spite of the prevalence of aluminum in nature, no organism has been found to date which requires this element for its biological functions. The possible health risks to human beings resulting from uptake of aluminum include detrimental effects to the hemopoietic system, the nervous system and bones. Aluminum is used in many fields and occurs in numerous foodstuffs. Food contact materials containing aluminum represent an anthropogenic source of dietary aluminum. RESULTS: As a result of their frequent use in private households a study was undertaken to detect migration of this metal to foodstuffs from drink containers, coffee pots, grill pans, and camping cookware made of aluminum...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458988/migration-of-aluminum-from-food-contact-materials-to-food-a-health-risk-for-consumers-part-ii-of-iii-migration-of-aluminum-from-drinking-bottles-and-moka-pots-made-of-aluminum-to-beverages
#4
Thorsten Stahl, Sandy Falk, Alice Rohrbeck, Sebastian Georgii, Christin Herzog, Alexander Wiegand, Svenja Hotz, Bruce Boschek, Holger Zorn, Hubertus Brunn
BACKGROUND: Drinking bottles and stove-top moka pots made of aluminum have become very popular. Storing drinks in bottles and preparing coffee in a moka pot may result in the migration of aluminum to the beverage. RESULTS/CONCLUSIONS: In a systematic study of aluminum drinking bottles, it has been shown that drinking a mixture of apple juice and mineral water in an aluminum bottle may reach 86.6% of the total weekly intake (TWI) for adults, and drinking tea from an aluminum bottle may exceed the TWI (145%) for a child weighing 15 kg...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458987/migration-of-aluminum-from-food-contact-materials-to-food-a-health-risk-for-consumers-part-iii-of-iii-migration-of-aluminum-to-food-from-camping-dishes-and-utensils-made-of-aluminum
#5
Thorsten Stahl, Sandy Falk, Alice Rohrbeck, Sebastian Georgii, Christin Herzog, Alexander Wiegand, Svenja Hotz, Bruce Boschek, Holger Zorn, Hubertus Brunn
BACKGROUND: When cooking on a barbecue grill, consumers often use aluminum grill pans. For one, the pan catches the fats and oils that would drip into the embers causing the formation of potentially noxious smoke, and the pan also protects the food from being burned by direct heat from the coals. In addition, new aluminum products for use in ovens and grills are becoming increasingly popular. Due to their light weight and excellent heat transfer camping, utensils made of aluminum are, for example, often used by fishermen and mountain climbers...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435767/green-toxicology-a-strategy-for-sustainable-chemical-and-material-development
#6
EDITORIAL
Sarah E Crawford, Thomas Hartung, Henner Hollert, Björn Mathes, Bennard van Ravenzwaay, Thomas Steger-Hartmann, Christoph Studer, Harald F Krug
Green Toxicology refers to the application of predictive toxicology in the sustainable development and production of new less harmful materials and chemicals, subsequently reducing waste and exposure. Built upon the foundation of "Green Chemistry" and "Green Engineering", "Green Toxicology" aims to shape future manufacturing processes and safe synthesis of chemicals in terms of environmental and human health impacts. Being an integral part of Green Chemistry, the principles of Green Toxicology amplify the role of health-related aspects for the benefit of consumers and the environment, in addition to being economical for manufacturing companies...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424754/considerations-of-temperature-in-the-context-of-the-persistence-classification-in-the-eu
#7
Michael Matthies, Sabine Beulke
Simulation degradation studies for industrial chemicals, biocidal products and plant protection products are required in the EU to estimate half-lives in soil, water and sediment for the comparison to persistence criteria for hazard (P/vP) assessment, and for use in exposure assessments. There is a discrepancy between European regulatory approaches regarding the temperature at which degradation half-lives should be (1) measured in simulation degradation testing of environmental compartments, and (2) compared to the P/vP criteria...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337404/revising-reach-guidance-on-information-requirements-and-chemical-safety-assessment-for-engineered-nanomaterials-for-aquatic-ecotoxicity-endpoints-recommendations-from-the-envnano-project
#8
Steffen Foss Hansen, Sara Nørgaard Sørensen, Lars Michael Skjolding, Nanna B Hartmann, Anders Baun
The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) is in the process of revising its guidance documents on how to address the challenges of ecotoxicological testing of nanomaterials. In these revisions, outset is taken in the hypothesis that ecotoxicological test methods, developed for soluble chemicals, can be made applicable to nanomaterials. European Research Council project EnvNano-Environmental Effects and Risk Evaluation of Engineered, which ran from 2011 to 2016, took another outset by assuming that: "The behaviour of nanoparticles in suspension is fundamentally different from that of chemicals in solution"...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337403/an-expanded-conceptual-framework-for-solution-focused-management-of-chemical-pollution-in-european-waters
#9
John Munthe, Eva Brorström-Lundén, Magnus Rahmberg, Leo Posthuma, Rolf Altenburger, Werner Brack, Dirk Bunke, Guy Engelen, Bernd Manfred Gawlik, Jos van Gils, David López Herráez, Tomas Rydberg, Jaroslav Slobodnik, Annemarie van Wezel
BACKGROUND: This paper describes a conceptual framework for solutions-focused management of chemical contaminants built on novel and systematic approaches for identifying, quantifying and reducing risks of these substances. METHODS: The conceptual framework was developed in interaction with stakeholders representing relevant authorities and organisations responsible for managing environmental quality of water bodies. Stakeholder needs were compiled via a survey and dialogue...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331779/reply-to-the-efsa-2016-on-the-relevance-of-recent-publications-hofmann-et-al-2014-2016-on-environmental-risk-assessment-and-management-of-bt-maize-events-mon810-bt11-and-1507
#10
EDITORIAL
Maren Kruse-Plass, Frieder Hofmann, Ulrike Kuhn, Mathias Otto, Ulrich Schlechtriemen, Boris Schröder, Rudolf Vögel, Werner Wosniok
In this commentary, we respond to a report of the EFSA GMO Panel (EFSA EFSA Supp Publ, 1) that criticises the outcomes of two studies published in this journal (Hofmann et al. Environ Sci Eur 26: 24, 2; Environ Sci Eur 28: 14, 3). Both publications relate to the environmental risk assessment and management of Bt-maize, including maize events MON810, Bt11 and maize 1507. The results of Hofmann et al. (Environ Sci Eur 26: 24, 2), using standardised pollen mass filter deposition measurements, indicated that the EFSA Panel model had underestimated pollen deposition and, hence, exposure of non-target organisms to Bt-maize pollen...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316900/influence-of-environmental-factors-on-biodegradation-of-quinalphos-by-bacillus-thuringiensis
#11
Venkata Subba Reddy Gangireddygari, Praveen Kumar Kalva, Khayalethu Ntushelo, Manjunatha Bangeppagari, Arnaud Djami Tchatchou, Rajasekhar Reddy Bontha
BACKGROUND: The extensive and intensive uses of organophosphorus insecticide-quinalphos in agriculture, pose a health hazard to animals, humans, and environment because of its persistence in the soil and crops. However, there is no much information available on the biodegradation of quinalphos by the soil micro-organisms, which play a significant role in detoxifying pesticides in the environment; so research is initiated in biodegradation of quinalphos. RESULTS: A soil bacterium strain, capable of utilizing quinalphos as its sole source of carbon and energy, was isolated from soil via the enrichment method on minimal salts medium (MSM)...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316899/water-quality-assessment-in-the-german-river-of-the-years-2014-2015-how-a-case-study-on-the-impact-of-a-storm-water-sedimentation-basin-displayed-impairment-of-fish-health-in-the-argen-river-southern-germany
#12
Paul Thellmann, Bertram Kuch, Karl Wurm, Heinz-R Köhler, Rita Triebskorn
BACKGROUND: The present work investigates the impact of discharges from a storm water sedimentation basin (SSB) receiving runoff from a connected motorway in southern Germany. The study lasted for almost two years and was aimed at assessing the impact of the SSB on the fauna of the Argen River, which is a tributary of Lake Constance. Two sampling sites were examined up- and downstream of the SSB effluent. A combination of different diagnostic methods (fish embryo test with the zebrafish, histopathology, micronucleus test) was applied to investigate health impairment and genotoxic effects in indigenous fish as well as embryotoxic potentials in surface water and sediment samples of the Argen River, respectively, in samples of the SSB effluent...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316898/phytostabilizing-challenging-mine-wastes-at-the-cost-of-phytostabilization
#13
Xiaofang Li
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261537/are-limits-of-concern-a-useful-concept-to-improve-the-environmental-risk-assessment-of-gm-plants
#14
Marion Dolezel, Marianne Miklau, Andreas Heissenberger, Wolfram Reichenbecher
BACKGROUND: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has introduced a concept for the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants which foresees the definition of ecological threshold values defining acceptable adverse effects of the GM plant on the environment (Limits of Concern, LoC). METHODS: We analysed the LoC concept by scrutinising its feasibility with regard to important aspects of the environmental risk assessment. We then considered its relationship with protection goals, the comparative safety assessment and the stepwise testing approach...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239534/transcriptome-and-metabolome-analysis-of-liver-and-kidneys-of-rats-chronically-fed-nk603-roundup-tolerant-genetically-modified-maize
#15
Robin Mesnage, Matthew Arno, Gilles-Eric Séralini, Michael N Antoniou
BACKGROUND: A previous 2-year rat feeding trial assessing potential toxicity of NK603 Roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize revealed blood and urine biochemical changes indicative of liver and kidney pathology. In an effort to obtain deeper insight into these findings, molecular profiling of the liver and kidneys from the same animals was undertaken. RESULTS: Transcriptomics showed no segregation of NK603 maize and control feed groups with false discovery rates ranging from 43 to 83% at a cut-off p value of 1%...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163993/herbicide-resistance-and-biodiversity-agronomic-and-environmental-aspects-of-genetically-modified-herbicide-resistant-plants
#16
REVIEW
Gesine Schütte, Michael Eckerstorfer, Valentina Rastelli, Wolfram Reichenbecher, Sara Restrepo-Vassalli, Marja Ruohonen-Lehto, Anne-Gabrielle Wuest Saucy, Martha Mertens
Farmland biodiversity is an important characteristic when assessing sustainability of agricultural practices and is of major international concern. Scientific data indicate that agricultural intensification and pesticide use are among the main drivers of biodiversity loss. The analysed data and experiences do not support statements that herbicide-resistant crops provide consistently better yields than conventional crops or reduce herbicide amounts. They rather show that the adoption of herbicide-resistant crops impacts agronomy, agricultural practice, and weed management and contributes to biodiversity loss in several ways: (i) many studies show that glyphosate-based herbicides, which were commonly regarded as less harmful, are toxic to a range of aquatic organisms and adversely affect the soil and intestinal microflora and plant disease resistance; the increased use of 2,4-D or dicamba, linked to new herbicide-resistant crops, causes special concerns...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163992/an-experiment-on-the-impact-of-a-neonicotinoid-pesticide-on-honeybees-the-value-of-a-formal-analysis-of-the-data
#17
Robert S Schick, Jeremy J D Greenwood, Stephen T Buckland
BACKGROUND: We assess the analysis of the data resulting from a field experiment conducted by Pilling et al. (PLoS ONE. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077193, 5) on the potential effects of thiamethoxam on honeybees. The experiment had low levels of replication, so Pilling et al. concluded that formal statistical analysis would be misleading. This would be true if such an analysis merely comprised tests of statistical significance and if the investigators concluded that lack of significance meant little or no effect...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163991/environmental-chemistry-and-ecotoxicology-in-greater-demand-than-ever
#18
EDITORIAL
Martin Scheringer
Environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology have been losing support, resources, and recognition at universities for many years. What are the possible causes of this process? A first problem may be that the need for research and teaching in environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology is no longer seen because chemical pollution problems are considered as largely solved. Second, environmental chemistry and ecotoxicology may be seen as fields dominated by routine work and where there are not many interesting research questions left...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163990/authors-response-on-schick-et-al-2017-an-experiment-of-the-impact-of-a-neonicotinoid-pesticide-on-honey-bees-the-value-of-a-formal-analysis-of-the-data-environ-sci-eur-2017
#19
EDITORIAL
Peter Campbell, Mike Coulson, Keith Ward
Whilst a formal statistical analysis of any experimental data is always preferable in principle, in the case of Pilling et al. (PLoS ONE 8:e77193, 2013), it is hard to see how the results of any formal analysis-including those provided by Schick et al.-could be considered reliable. Regardless of the issue of statistical analysis, there was a wealth of valuable and novel biological and chemical residue data generated under field conditions of use in Pilling et al., which when taken into consideration alongside other relevant available published data and information (i...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133586/possible-health-impacts-of-bt-toxins-and-residues-from-spraying-with-complementary-herbicides-in-genetically-engineered-soybeans-and-risk-assessment-as-performed-by-the-european-food-safety-authority-efsa
#20
REVIEW
Christoph Then, Andreas Bauer-Panskus
BACKGROUND: MON89788 was the first genetically engineered soybean worldwide to express a Bt toxin. Under the brand name Intacta, Monsanto subsequently engineered a stacked trait soybean using MON89788 and MON87701-this stacked soybean expresses an insecticidal toxin and is, in addition, tolerant to glyphosate. After undergoing risk assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the stacked event was authorised for import into the EU in June 2012, including for use in food and feed...
2017: Environmental Sciences Europe
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