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Main Title Ecological Considerations Related to the Release of Genetically Engineered Microorganisms to the Environment.
Author Stotzky., G. ;
CORP Author New York Univ., NY. Dept. of Biology.;Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR.
Publisher 1990
Year Published 1990
Report Number EPA/600/D-90/076;
Stock Number PB90-246406
Additional Subjects Soil microbiology ; Ecology ; Deoxyribonucleic acids ; Biodeterioration ; Bacteriophages ; Reprints ; Genetic engineering ; Transfection ; Biotechnology ; Health hazards ; Genetic transformation ; Cell survival
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB90-246406 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 23p
The results of the studies show that Genetically Engineered Microorganisms (GEM) have the potential to survive, to transfer their novel genetic information, and to affect some microbe-mediated ecological processes in soil. The magnitude of these phenomena in soil in situ, however, is not known and can not be accurately predicted from studies in these simple microcosms. Moreover, some of these studies were conducted with bacteria that are not normal inhabitants of soil, with innocuous novel genes, and with the addition of appropriate recipients. Consequently, more studies need to be conducted with more realistic GEMs in larger microcosms and, eventually, in the field. Until then, the results of these studies should be viewed as being only qualitative indicators of the potential of GEMs in one natural habitat.