Progress 07/01/07 to 06/30/08
OUTPUTS: Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB) continues to publish its monthly News Report reporting on developments in agricultural biotechnology concerning new research results, regulation, risk assessment and risk management, and industry developments. ISB continued to maintain the ISB website and the field trials database of genetically modified plants as well as the petitions for deregulation database, both provided by USDA/APHIS. ISB continues to distribute original publications of meeting proceedings. ISB revised, updated, published and distributes the guide titled "A Practical Guide to Containment: Plant Biosafety in Research Greenhouses." PARTICIPANTS: Doug King, PD, Program leader, web design, grant administration, database administrator, electronic publication distribution. Ruth Irwin, co-PD, News Report editor, workshop coordinator, publications editor, author. Lori Simmons, publication layout and composition, publication distribution, fiscal duties. COLLABORATOR: Dann Adair, Greenhouse Application Specialist/Project Manager, Conviron, researched and co-authored the guide, "A Practical Guide to Containment: Plant Biosafety in Research Greenhouses" TARGET AUDIENCES: The target audience for the ISB project consists of agricultural biotechnology researchers, regulators, educators, managers, non-governmental organizations, legal advisors, academic personnel, journalists, farmers, and the public at large. All information is available through the world wide web. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.
The News Report provides information to researchers to assist in discovering new research practices and outcomes of research projects. Articles relating changes in regulation help to assure researchers conform to regulations regarding their research. The field trials and deregulatory petitions databases are used by APHIS to search their own data and are used by watchdog organizations to assure conformance with scientific and regulatory biosafety practices. The guide "A Practical Guide to Containment: Plant Biosafety in Research Greenhouses," considered the premier publication in its field, is a practical guidebook for safely conducting research with genetically modified organisms and is used in training courses conducted to assure biosafety and Biosecurity in crop research and testing.
- Adair, D., Irwin, R. (2008) A Practical Guide to Containment: Plant Biosafety in Research Greenhouses. Information Systems for Biotechnology, Virginia Tech: Blacksburg, Virginia. Irwin, R., ed. (2008) ISB News Report. Monthly. Reviews the agricultural and environmental applications of genetic engineering. Distributed via print, e-mail, and online to researchers, regulators, educators, managers, legal advisors, advocacy groups, farmers and journalists.
Progress 10/01/06 to 09/30/07
This project continues a long-term effort supported by USDA/CSREES and most recently funded under Grant No. 2006-34191-17094. Funding was received late September, 2007. The Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB) monthly News Report continues to provide research, industry, regulatory and other information to the agricultural biotechnology research community. Work continues on the second edition of "A Practical Guide to Containment: Greenhouse Research with Transgenic Plants and Microbes", a guide that is a simple and convenient reference on appropriate biosafety and containment levels for GMO research conducted in greenhouses. Target completion date is February, 2008. USDA field trials and petitions for deregulation of genetically modified organisms are updated several times each week as well as the other databases provided by the ISB project.
"A Practical Guide to Containment: Greenhouse Research with Transgenic Plants and Microbes" is an internationally recognized source of information used in training of USDA biosafety regulators and academic and industry biosafety officers to assure safe experimentation in transgenic greenhouses. The field trials and petitions for deregulation databases are accessed by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to reference the information for which they are responsible. The ISB News Report continues to provide research methodology and results to the agricultural biotechnology research community. ISB, in cooperation with the Biosafety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products (BIGMAP) at ISU is in the planning stages conduct a needs assessment for graduate curriculum addressing biotechnology risk assessment, biosafety, and biosecurity. A research associate working under the direction of Ruth Irwin of ISB and Jeff Wolt of BIGMAP will survey current
teaching/learning opportunities, in the US and worldwide, in terms of formal/traditional courses, short-courses, and web-based modules that address this topic. The associate previously identified for this project has since left ISU and another is to be selected.
- No publications reported this period