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AMIGA - Microbiome Analyses of Maize and Potatoes

Field with genetically modified maize in Sweden
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Field with genetically modified maize in Sweden

Assessing and monitoring the Impacts of Genetically Modified Plants on Agro-ecosystems (AMIGA)

The objective of this EU project is to consider the importance of different biogeographical regions for the risk assessment (ERA) of genetically modified crops intended to be cultivated in Europe.

Background and Objective

The AMIGA project in total aims at providing baseline data on biodiversity in agro-ecosystems in the EU, translating regional protection goals into measurable endpoints, defining lists of suitable bioindicators, improving knowledge on long-term effects and tesing the efficacy of the new ERA guidance published by EFSA


The workpackage "soil fertility", which is coordinated by the Thünen-Institute, deals with analyzed the impact of GM plants on soil organisms, including microorganismsn, nematodes and earthworms. Microbiome analyses are conducted on rhizosphere samples collected from potatoe and maize cultivated in different European regions. The objective is to define whether there is a typical rhizomicrobiome which is required by the respective plants and thus potentially important for their health.

Involved external Thünen-Partners


12.2011 - 11.2015

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Project status: finished


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