Scientists have developed a new way to identify the best and worst outcomes of genetically modified crops, including whether they can be grown commercially, a step they say could lead to safer, less toxic crops.
A new tool called a ‘Grammer’ was developed to help the researchers make predictions about the effects of GM crops on the environment, wildlife and food production.
The tool, developed by the University of Illinois, was developed as part of a collaborative project with the American Association of Agribusinesses, the National Agricultural Biotechnology Information Service and the University at Albany.
It can predict the health effects of new GM crops based on their DNA.
“There are many ways to evaluate a crop and a technology, but in this case we were able to make an accurate prediction of the toxicity of the crops we were using,” said Dr. Michael Bock, a biotechnologist and co-author of the study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.
The researchers, led by Dr. Jeffrey T. Stoltz, an agronomist and geneticist at the University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said they were able use a model to analyze the potential effects of three different GM crops.
The first was a hybrid of the genetically engineered soybean, cotton and maize that can withstand drought and withstand the cold and can tolerate insects.
The second was a soybean-based, drought tolerant, genetically modified corn that can tolerate drought and can withstand insects.
The third was a corn-based crop that can survive drought and will not produce toxic pesticides and can be cultivated for food.
“Our first model predicted that the corn-like hybrids were going to be much more tolerant to the drought,” Stoltze said.
“The next model predicted the corn hybrid would be much less tolerant to this problem.
The last model predicted a drought-resistant corn hybrid, which would be very resistant to insect pests.
“Our new model also predicted that when the crops are grown in drought, there is a much lower likelihood of severe crop failures.””
The researchers said the new model will be used to help determine if new GM technologies can be used safely in agriculture.””
Our new model also predicted that when the crops are grown in drought, there is a much lower likelihood of severe crop failures.”
The researchers said the new model will be used to help determine if new GM technologies can be used safely in agriculture.
“This tool is being used to test the safety of GM crop technology in the United States and in other parts of the world.
If the safety analysis is successful, we can use this information to help farmers make informed decisions about which crops to use,” Stolts said.