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        ALIEN INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL STRATEGY IN JAPAN

                                        OGAWA Yasuo


 Department of Biological Safety in National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences
          Kannondai 3-1-3, Tsukuba, 305-8604 Japan (ogaway@affrc.go.jp)


                                         Summary
     In recent years, the area of fields where recombinant-DNA plants are cultivated has
increased sharply worldwide, and research and development of such plants have been actively
performed. Japan is also importing many recombinant agricultural products, including corn and
soybean. It is becoming increasingly more important for the government to ensure the safety of
these products. Under these circumstances, our ministry plans to collect and store the seeds,
information, etc., of recombinant-DNA plants at the National Institute for Agro-Environmental
Sciences. (79 words)


1. Introduction
     The area of fields where recombinant-DNA plants are cultivated has recently been
increasing sharply in the world. Research and development of recombinant-DNA plants have
also become more active. Now, it is essential to ensure the safety of these plants.
     For rapid and accurate analysis and discrimination of recombinant-DNA plants, we plan to
establish a system for storing the seeds, information on introduced genes, etc., for each
recombinant-DNA plant.


2. Method
    The seeds collected in Step (1) and the database created in Step (2) will both be utilized
when it is necessary for the State to check whether or not the environmental safety of the product
from recombinant-DNA plants has been confirmed (e.g., when contamination of imported
agricultural products by recombinant-DNA plant is suspected). (127 words)

				
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