“Genetic Biocontrol for Invasive Species” was published in
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology on May 25, 2020. This review paper provides an overview of the state of genetic biocontrol, focusing on several approaches that were the subject of presentations at a
workshop supported by a grant from the
OECD’s Co-operative Research Program on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, which we organized last year in Tarragona, Spain. The paper considers four different approaches to genetic biocontrol for invasive species: sterile-release, YY males, trojan female technique, and gene drive. The different approaches were compared with respect to the efficiency each affords as a genetic biocontrol tool, the practical utility and cost/benefits associated with implementation of the approach, and the regulatory considerations that will need to be addressed for each.
Sublethal Endpoints in Non-Target Organism Testing for Insect-Active GE Crops
On June 9, 2020, “Sublethal Endpoints in Non-Target Organism Testing for Insect-Active GE Crops” was published in
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. This review paper builds upon presentations and discussions at a
workshop we organized in March of last year in Washington, DC, which convened government, academic, and industry scientists to review the progress and status of sublethal endpoint testing in non-target organisms.
Towards a Multiscale Crop Modeling Framework for Climate Change Adaptation Assessment
“Towards a Multiscale Crop Modeling Framework for Climate Change Adaptation Assessment” was published in
Nature Plants on April 15, 2020, thanks to efforts by the statistical modeling team at the University of Illinois. The paper counts many of the principal investigators from our
Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains: Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Opportunities project as co-authors and focuses on opportunities to advance the multiscale crop modeling framework to enable a gene-to-farm design of resilient and sustainable crop production systems.