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Proposed ASTM Standard to determine effect of transgenic crops.

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May 11, 2012 - Transgenic plants contain gene or genes that have been artificially inserted, rather than acquired through plant's natural pollination process. Pesticides are used for control of insects, weeds, or fungi on crops. Proposed standard, ASTM WK36581, Practice for in Vitro Rearing of Honeybee Larvae, would use honeybee larvae as surrogate to determine if transgenic crops or pesticides would harm honeybees or other beneficial insects in nearby areas.

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Proposed ASTM Honeybee Larvae Standard to Determine Effect of Transgenic Crops

Press release date: May 8, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., - Transgenic plants contain a gene or genes that have been artificially inserted, rather than acquired through the plant's natural pollination process. Pesticides are used for control of insects, weeds, or fungi on crops. A proposed new ASTM International standard would use honeybee larvae as a surrogate to determine the effect of these items on insect life. The proposed new standard, ASTM WK36581, Practice for in Vitro Rearing of Honeybee Larvae, is being developed by Subcommittee E47.02 on Terrestrial Assessment and Toxicology, part of ASTM International Committee E47 on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate. Once it has been approved, ASTM WK36581 will be used to determine if transgenic crops or pesticides would harm honeybees or other beneficial insects in nearby areas, according to Michael Patnaude, senior research scientist, Smithers Viscient, and an E47 member. Primary users of the proposed standard will be industries that need to register pesticides or transgenic crops and regulatory agencies that would use the test data performed under standardized methods to assess potential environmental hazard of these products. Interested parties are encouraged to join in the standards developing activities of E47. ASTM International standards can be purchased from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. For more news in this sector, visit astm.org/sn-environmental or follow us on Twitter @ASTMEnvironment. Technical Contact: Michael Patnaude, Smithers Viscient, New Bedford, Mass., Phone: 203-927-4523; mpatnaude@smithers.com
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