Guidelines for participants

This forum is not open to sterile discussions or debates!

We kindly invite those who wish to participate in this forum to read the report we have prepared in support of this initiative. (See home page, REPORT INDEX)

The information we provide on the report derives from our preliminary explorative research activities, conducted over a period of seven years, on the environmental impact of the cultivation of the transgenic maize hybrids (Bt) MON 810, and from a critical examination of several scientific publications that anti-biotech activists have misused in support of their lobbying activities against the cultivation of transgenic maize hybrids (Bt).

We invite the participants in this forum to make their scientific contributions in terms of ideas, suggestions, comments, constructive criticism of our research work and by sharing personal experiences. This constructive way of participation will be useful for the definition of agreed experimental protocols regarding materials and methods suitable for:

  1. assessing the long-term impact of transgenic maize pollen (Bt) and (Hr) on the larvae of non-target Lepidoptera under real and close to real field conditions;
  2. settling the long-lasting dispute that opposes Perry et al. to Hofmann et al., Lang et al. and Holst et al., with regard to the isolation distance that must be interposed between transgenic maize hybrids (Bt) plantations, and locations where the larvae of non- target Lepidoptera may thrive;
  3. mapping pollen deposition on the vegetation around transgenic maize hybrids (Bt) and (Hr) plantations;
  4. inventorying Lepidopteran species in agro-ecosystems and monitoring the long-term dynamics of their populations;
  5. monitoring the population dynamics of native earthworms in fields cultivated with maize (Bt)and (Hr) in monoculture;
  6. monitoring the population dynamics of bees kept in hives within maize (Bt) and (Hr) plantations;
  7. assessing the long-term impact of transgenic maize (Bt) by-products on aquatic organisms;
  8. assessing the impact of transgenic maize (Bt) and (Hr)and (Hr) plantations on saprophytic and predatory soil organisms;
  9. assessing the impact of transgenic maize (Bt) and (Hr) plantations on predators and parasites of agricultural pests;
  10. assessing the adequacy of bivoltine silk worms as surrogate organisms for assessing the impact of maize pollen (Bt) and (Hr)on the larvae of non-target Lepidoptera.

Furthermore, we invite the participants to make suggestions on how to promote a constructive dialogue among GMO-researchers, seed companies and those environmentalist organizations and anti-biotech activists who really care about protecting the environment and biodiversity from possible side effects determined by the cultivation of maize hybrids (Bt) and (Hr).

Our action plan will be implemented next year (2021) within our innovative permanent agricultural experimental station: credit will be given to forum participants who will provide scientific contributions for the definition of agreed experimental protocols.

Free access to our experimental activities is guaranteed to forum participants, and their scientific contributions will be posted weekly in the web section “received suggestions

We would like to thank in advance researchers, policy makers, seed companies and environmentalist organizations that will take part in this forum.

Leandro Taboga and Giorgio Fidenato


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