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  • Peer-reviewed journal article
GE organism
  • maize
GE trait
  • insect resistance
Country
  • Germany

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Environmental risk assessment for the small tortoiseshell Aglais urticae and a stacked Bt-maize with combined resistances against Lepidoptera and Chrysomelidae in central European agrarian landscapes

Schuppener, M; Mühlhause, J; Müller, AK; Rauschen, S
Molecular Ecology. 2012 September. 21(18):4646–4662

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PMID: 22861488 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05716.x

Abstract

The cultivation of Lepidoptera-resistant Bt-maize may affect nontarget butterflies. We assessed the risk posed by event MON89034 × MON88017 (expressing Cry1A.105 and Cry2Ab2 against corn borers) to nontarget Lepidoptera. Using the small tortoiseshell Aglais urticae, a butterfly species common in central Europe, as a test organism we (i) assessed the toxicity of Bt-maize pollen on butterfly larvae; (ii) measured pollen deposition on leaves of the host plant Urtica dioica; (iii) mapped the occurrence and distribution of host plants and larvae in two arable landscapes in Germany during maize anthesis; and (iv) described the temporal occurrence of a 1-year population of A. urticae. (i) Larvae-fed 200 Bt-maize pollen grains/cm(2) had a reduced feeding activity. Significant differences in developmental time existed at pollen densities of 300 Bt-maize pollen grains/cm(2) and in survival at 400 grains/cm(2). (ii) The highest pollen amount found was 212 grains/cm(2) at the field margin. Mean densities were much lower. (iii) In one region, over 50% of A. urticae nests were located within 5 m of a maize field, while in the other, all nests were found in more than 25 m distance to a maize field. (iv) The percentage of larvae developing during maize anthesis was 19% in the study area. The amount of pollen from maize MON89034 × MON88017 found on host plants is unlikely to adversely affect a significant proportion of larvae of A. urticae. This paper concludes that the risk of event MON89034 × MON88017 to populations of this species is negligible.

Keywords

Aglais urticae; butterflies; environmental risk assessment; genetically modified organisms; nontarget organisms; stacked Bt-maize

Funding

Funding source
  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Funding country
  • Germany
Funding type
  • government

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Schuppener, M, J Mühlhause, AK Müller, S Rauschen. "Environmental risk assessment for the small tortoiseshell Aglais urticae and a stacked Bt-maize with combined resistances against Lepidoptera and Chrysomelidae in central European agrarian landscapes." Molecular Ecology 21.18 (2012): 4646–4662. Web. 13 Dec. 2018.

APA

Schuppener, M., Mühlhause, J., Müller, AK., & Rauschen, S. (2012). Environmental risk assessment for the small tortoiseshell Aglais urticae and a stacked Bt-maize with combined resistances against Lepidoptera and Chrysomelidae in central European agrarian landscapes. Molecular Ecology, 21(18), 4646–4662. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05716.x

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