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Impact of genetically engineered maize on agronomic, environmental and toxicological traits: a meta-analysis of 21 years of field data

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, February 2018
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Impact of genetically engineered maize on agronomic, environmental and toxicological traits: a meta-analysis of 21 years of field data
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Scientific Reports, February 2018
DOI 10.1038/s41598-018-21284-2
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Elisa Pellegrino, Stefano Bedini, Marco Nuti, Laura Ercoli

Abstract

Despite the extensive cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) maize and considerable number of scientific reports on its agro-environmental impact, the risks and benefits of GE maize are still being debated and concerns about safety remain. This meta-analysis aimed at increasing knowledge on agronomic, environmental and toxicological traits of GE maize by analyzing the peer-reviewed literature (from 1996 to 2016) on yield, grain quality, non-target organisms (NTOs), target organisms (TOs) and soil biomass decomposition. Results provided strong evidence that GE maize performed better than its near isogenic line: grain yield was 5.6 to 24.5% higher with lower concentrations of mycotoxins (-28.8%), fumonisin (-30.6%) and thricotecens (-36.5%). The NTOs analyzed were not affected by GE maize, except for Braconidae, represented by a parasitoid of European corn borer, the target of Lepidoptera active Bt maize. Biogeochemical cycle parameters such as lignin content in stalks and leaves did not vary, whereas biomass decomposition was higher in GE maize. The results support the cultivation of GE maize, mainly due to enhanced grain quality and reduction of human exposure to mycotoxins. Furthermore, the reduction of the parasitoid of the target and the lack of consistent effects on other NTOs are confirmed.

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Unknown 421 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 86 20%
Student > Bachelor 82 19%
Student > Master 58 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 40 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 20 5%
Other 64 15%
Unknown 71 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 147 35%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 54 13%
Environmental Science 24 6%
Social Sciences 14 3%
Engineering 12 3%
Other 76 18%
Unknown 94 22%

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