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Genetically Engineered Organisms, Wildlife, and Habitat: A Workshop Summary
Summary of Research ProposalsIdentified by Breakout Groups
Large-scale experimental comparisons of agricultural practices
Documenting landscape and regional scale changes
Global pollinator initiative
Wildlife surrogates in lab-based GEO tests
Long-term studies of insects and microbes
Silviculture/Wild Forest Interface
Creation of a national infrastructure for collaborative research
Development of a model to assess gene flow
Aquaculture/Aquatic Habitat Interface
Direct effects of transgenic native fish species
Ecological effects of non-native GE fish
useful bases on which to elaborate research that will answer some of the questions about the effects of GEOs on the different ecosystems.
The report-outs of the two breakout sessions are summarized below, organized by habitat interface; Box 3-1 contains a list of the research proposals generated by the four groups.
Two separate groups met to discuss research topics examining the potential impacts of GEOs at the interface of agricultural lands and wildlands. Each group developed its ideas for questions that would be important to pursue, and they also described different approaches or tools to address those questions. Richard Hellmich (U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service [USDA-ARS]) and Deborah LeTourneau (University of California, Santa Cruz) summarized the discussions of their respective breakout groups in the plenary session.
Research questions identified by the groups include the following: