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Biosafety and the Environmental Uses of Micro-Organisms

Conference Proceedings

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Micro-organisms play a fundamental role in the environment. Yet their role is the result of complex biogeochemical processes by consortia of micro-organisms and the function of individual species is not clear in many cases.

This publication provides an overview of the current situation and relevant developments in environmental microbiology, as well as its potential application, which covers: use of micro-organisms for agriculture, production purposes, bioremediation, and cleaning purpose; environmental applications of microbial symbionts of insects; and environmental risk/safety assessment of the deliberate release of engineered micro-organisms.

 

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Foreword Acknowledgements

This publication constitutes the proceedings of the OECD conference on the “Environmental Uses of Micro-Organisms: An Overview of the State-of-the-Art and Implications for Biotechnology Risk/Safety Assessment”. This event, organised under the auspices of OECD’s Working Group on the Harmonisation of Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology (WG-HROB), was held on 26-27 March 2012. A total of 100 participants attended the conference, which was open to OECD delegates as well as external scientists, regulators and interested individuals. It was developed in collaboration with the OECD Co-operative Research Programme under the Trade and Agriculture Directorate.

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