Volume 9 of the Series compiles the biosafety consensus documents developed by the OECD Working Party on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology from 2019 to 2021. It deals with the biology of APPLE, SAFFLOWER and RICE, three important crops for agriculture and consumption worldwide. For each plant species, the book includes elements of taxonomy, morphology, centres of origin, life cycle, reproductive biology, genetics, outcrossing, crop production and cultivation practices, interaction with other organisms, main pests and pathogens, and biotechnological developments. The science-based information collated here is available for use during the risk assessment of transgenic varieties intended for release in the environment. Prepared by authorities from OECD Members and other economies associated with the work, this publication should be of value to crop breeders, applicants for agricultural production of new varieties of apple, safflower and rice, national regulators and risk assessors when conducting biosafety assessments on these varieties obtained from modern biotechnology, as well as the wider scientific community. More information is found at BioTrack Online.
This Series represents a compilation of the science-based consensus documents developed by the OECD Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology since 1995. The consensus documents are prepared by authorities of OECD members and other economies associated with this work. They contain information for use during the regulatory assessment of organisms produced from modern biotechnology - transgenic crops, trees, animals and micro-organisms - intended for release in the environment for agriculture, animal farming, forestry or other purposes. Information relevant to environmental risk assessment (biosafety) includes biology, reproduction, genetics, ecology, and other elements. Knowledge of the traits introduced in the organisms, and their biotechnological developments, is also critical. These documents are of value to applicants for commercial uses of transgenic organisms, to regulators and risk assessors in charge of granting approvals to their environmental release, as well as to the wider scientific community.