The Pirbright Institute receives strategic funding from BBSRC

GM Insects and Disease Control
Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, WC1N 2JU, United Kingdom
Tuesday 10 February 2015, 6pm - 9pm

Insect and tick-borne diseases impose a huge burden on animal and human health and reduce agricultural productivity. Many of these diseases are emerging, due to factors such as climate change, urbanisation, changes in land use, increasing international travel and trade. The situation is being exacerbated by the fact that some existing control measures such as insecticides are becoming less effective or available due to their environmental impact. New control methods and technologies are therefore urgently needed.

One novel control technology with great potential is the genetic modification of insects to reduce the size of populations or replace them with less harmful forms. However, the EU's regulatory framework for commercial field use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is among the most restrictive in the world, partly because it was developed for genetically modified (GM) crops. Other countries including Canada, USA and New Zealand use different frameworks for approval of GM products. This meeting is an opportunity to meet scientists, policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the potential risks and benefits of this technology and debate how future policy decisions about it should be made.

Pre-registration for the event is mandatory due to the limited spaces available. The registration deadline is Friday 30 January 2015


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Past Events

On Friday 31 October The BBSRC National Virology Centre: The Plowright Building at Pirbright was officially opened by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Simon Carpenter and Luke Alphey talk to Vince CableSimon Carpenter and Luke Alphey talk to Vince Cable
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Pippa Hawes demonstrates the electron microscopePippa Hawes demonstrates the electron microscope
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Business Secretary Vince CableBusiness Secretary Vince Cable
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Vince Cable officially opens The BBSRC National Virology CentreVince Cable officially opens The BBSRC National Virology Centre
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