Eidgenössisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartement, EVD-ART, Switzerland

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Eidgenössisches Volkswirtschaftsdepartement, EVD-ART, Switzerland

Under the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Agroscope's three agricultural research stations develop scientific knowledge and basic technical principles for agricultural and environmental policy decisions and their legal implementation.

The Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon (ART) research station conducts research into environmentally compatible and economically competitive farming by combining ecology, economics and agricultural engineering. It is the Swiss national competence centre for agro-ecology.

Staff members:

  • Jörg Romeis, PhD
  • Michael Meissle, PhD

Jörg Romeis (Senior Scientist and deputy-head of the Biosafety group) provides experience on risk assessment, biological control, integrated pest management and method-development for testing arthropods. His research focuses on non-target impacts of GM plants, in particular Bt-transgenic plants. He has also developed and published guidelines for NTO risk assessment of insecticidal GM crops. He acts as convenor of the IOBC/WPRS working group on GMOs, has been on the

advisory board of the EU project BIOSAFENET, served as an ad-hoc expert to the EFSA GMO Panel, and is a consultant for different GMO regulatory agencies. Jörg Romeis currently leads the EFSA-funded project “Establishing a database of bio- ecological information on non-target arthropod species to support the environmental risk assessment of genetically modified crops in the EU“.

Michael Meissle (Research Scientist) has been working in the area of Bt crop non-target risk assessment since 2001. He is experienced with arthropod sampling in Bt crops and taxonomic identification. Dr. Meissle has further expertise in landscape ecology of Bt crops, which he acquired at CSIRO, Australia. With engagement in the EU-funded network of excellence ENDURE, he has gained experience in coordinating international, collaborative projects. In addition, Michael Meissle has knowledge in database management and statistical analyses of field datasets.

Selected publications:

  • Romeis J. et al. (2011) Recommendations for the design of laboratory studies on non-target arthropods for risk assessment of genetically engineered plants. Transgenic Research 20:1–22.
  • Meissle M. et al. (2011) Bt maize and integrated pest management – a European perspective. Pest Management Science 67: 1049-1058.
  • Romeis J. et al. (2008) Integration of Insect-Resistant Genetically Modified Crops within IPM Programs. Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
  • Romeis J. et al. (2008) Assessment of risk of insect-resistant transgenic crops to nontarget arthropods. Nature Biotechnology 26:203–208.
  • Romeis J. et al. (2006) Transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins and biological control. Nature Biotechnology 24:63–71.