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VDI Technical Division Biodiversity, GMO Monitoring and Risk Management

VDI Technical Division Biodiversity, GMO Monitoring and Risk Management

Genetic engineering, i.e. the targeted technical modification of the DNA, is now being put to use in many fields of research, development and production.


As is usual in biotechnology, the fields of application are often indicated by colours. The technique is known as red genetic engineering when used in medicine and the pharmaceutical industry and as green genetic engineering (or agricultural genetic engineering) when used in agriculture, whereas white or grey genetic engineering is used in the industrial or environmental field.


The VDI Technical Division Biodiversity, GMO Monitoring and Risk Management is currently focusing on the "monitoring of the effects of genetically modified plants". The cultivation of genetically modified plants is subject to monitoring in the EU. Approved genetically modified plants under cultivation are subject to post-approval monitoring according to European law. Germany is the first European country to elaborate standardized methods for this type of monitoring in the form of VDI Standards drawn up by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) in the framework of an R&D project subsidized by the German Federal Nature Conservation Agency (BfN). The experts work on an honorary basis and develop and standardize the relevant monitoring methods on behalf of the state. The purpose of GMO monitoring is to determine effects on the environment and on biodiversity.