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Appropriate analytical methods are necessary to assess nontarget effects of insecticidal proteins in GM crops through meta-analysis (response to Andow et al. 2009)

Shelton, A, Naranjo, S, Romeis, J, Hellmich , R, Wolt, J, Federici, B, Albajes, R, Bigler, F, Burgess, E, Divley, G, Gatehouse, A, Malone, L, Roush, R, Sears, M, Sehnal, F, Ferry, N and Bell, H 2009, 'Appropriate analytical methods are necessary to assess nontarget effects of insecticidal proteins in GM crops through meta-analysis (response to Andow et al. 2009)' , Environmental Entomology, 38 (6) , pp. 1533-1536.

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    Abstract

    As we described in our rebuttal in Transgenic Research (Shelton et al. 2009), we think that the meta-analysis approach used by Lo¨ vei et al. (2009) suffers from important methodological limitations relative to risk assessment that led them to reach conclusions that are in conßict with those of several recent comprehensive reviews and meta-analyses about the effects of Cry proteins on natural enemies. In particular, we believe that in their analyses they often attributed hazard to a protein rather than, more accurately, to poor prey or host quality. The rebuttal by Andow et al. (2009) does not correct this mistaken comparison or address our other major concerns. In this response to their letter we clarify misrepresentations of our original statements, refocus the discussion on methodology, and re-emphasize the additional main points of our initial rebuttal that Andow et al. (2009) did not address in their response.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Built and Human Environment
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Entomology
    Publisher: Entomological Society of America
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0046-225X
    Depositing User: Dr Natalie Ferry
    Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 12:29
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:11
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17941

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