Guidance and Resources

Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB) provides informational resources to support the environmentally responsible use of agricultural biotechnology products.


   Practical Guide to Containment: Plant Biosafety in Research Greenhouses (Revised)
       Biosafety containment levels • Physical and biological strategies • Modifications to achieve        containment • Greenhouse management • Handling of biological materials • Guidance for
       developing or renovating facilities

ISB Workshop Proceedings

   Criteria for Field Testing of Plants with Engineered Regulatory, Metabolic and Signaling    Pathways
      Workshop evaluating current knowledge and research on secondary effects of transgenes that       function as transcription factors, in signal transduction, or to modify metabolic pathways. June
      3 - 4, 2002; Washington, DC

   Proceedings of a Workshop: Ecological Effects of Pest Resistance Genes in Managed    Ecosystems
      Research strategies addressing effects of pest resistance genes on the establishment, persistence,       and spread of a cultivated crop or sexually compatible weedy species. January 31 - February 3,
      1999; Bethesda, Maryland

   Group Reports from the Workshop on Future Directions and Research Priorities for the    USDA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program
       June, 2003

United States Department of Agriculture Resources

USDA APHIS Biotechnology Resources

USDA NIFA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program

USDA Current Research Information System (CRIS)
   U.S. Department of Agriculture's documentation and reporting system for ongoing and recently    completed research and education projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry.

USDA APHIS Crop Biosecurity and Emergency Management

Global Field Trials

Global Field Trials Database

   CERA's database of safety information (formerly hosted by AGBIOS) includes not only plants
   produced using recombinant DNA technologies (e.g., genetically engineered or transgenic plants),
   but also plants with novel traits that may have been produced using more traditional methods,
   such as accelerated mutagenesis or plant breeding. These latter plants are only regulated
   in Canada.

Fish/Shellfish Performance Standards System

Fish/Shellfish Performance Standards System

   With input from a wide range of aquatics sciences professionals, a
   U.S. Department of Agriculture-sanctioned working group developed the
   Performance Standards for Safely Conducting Research with Genetically
   Modified Fish and Shellfish as a tool for risk assessment and risk management.
   The Performance Standards were approved in 1995 by the Agricultural Biotechnology
   Research Advisory Committee of the USDA. These standards have been distributed
   widely as a two booklet set and are expected to guide evaluations of the
   performance and environmental safety of aquatic GEs in the United States and abroad.

Animal Biotechnology Resources

Animal Biotechnology Resources

   Animals that have been produced using biotechnologies and are intended
   for commercial production are approaching the market. As a result,
   international organizations and the national authorities of a number of countries are
   developing frameworks for the food and environmental safety assessment
   of products of animal biotechnology. As animal biotechnologies mature and grow,
   we need to evaluate where we are today and plan for where we will need to be tomorrow.

Research and Risk Assessment Resources

Sites with Acreage Information on Biotechnology-derived Crops

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