||Evaluation of Methods for Detecting Ecological Effects from Genetically Engineered Microorganisms and Microbial Pest Control Agents in Terrestrial Systems.
Seidler, R. J. ;
||Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR.
Genetic engineering ;
Clinical protocols ;
Technology assessment ;
Terrestrial ecosystems ;
Environmental tests ;
Soil microbiology ;
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The report summarizes and evaluates research from several laboratories that deals with the detection of ecological effects induced through exposure of microbes or plants to genetically engineered microorganisms (GEMs) and microbial pest control agents (MPCAs). The development of methodologies to measure effects from GEMs is an intellectual and a practical challenge. Nevertheless, some 27 potential endpoints for measuring effects have been studied. Perturbations induced by GEMs have been detected in about one-half of these endpoints. Detectable effects have been recorded for over half of the 16 species of bacteria and fungi studied.