Transgenic Research

, Volume 21, Issue 6, pp 1191–1214

Bt-maize event MON 88017 expressing Cry3Bb1 does not cause harm to non-target organisms


DOI: 10.1007/s11248-012-9617-z

Cite this article as:
Devos, Y., De Schrijver, A., De Clercq, P. et al. Transgenic Res (2012) 21: 1191. doi:10.1007/s11248-012-9617-z


This review paper explores whether the cultivation of the genetically modified Bt-maize transformation event MON 88017, expressing the insecticidal Cry3Bb1 protein against corn rootworms (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), causes adverse effects to non-target organisms (NTOs) and the ecological and anthropocentric functions they provide. Available data do not reveal adverse effects of Cry3Bb1 on various NTOs that are representative of potentially exposed taxonomic and functional groups, confirming that the insecticidal activity of the Cry3Bb1 protein is limited to species belonging to the coleopteran family of Chrysomelidae. The potential risk to non-target chrysomelid larvae ingesting maize MON 88017 pollen deposited on host plants is minimal, as their abundance in maize fields and the likelihood of encountering harmful amounts of pollen in and around maize MON 88017 fields are low. Non-target adult chrysomelids, which may occasionally feed on maize MON 88017 plants, are not expected to be affected due to the low activity of the Cry3Bb1 protein on adults. Impacts on NTOs caused by potential unintended changes in maize MON 88017 are not expected to occur, as no differences in composition, phenotypic characteristics and plant-NTO interactions were observed between maize MON 88017 and its near-isogenic line.


Genetically modified maize MON 88017 MON 863 Insect resistance Cry3Bb1 Non-target organisms Adverse effects Environmental risk assessment Tiered approach 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GMO UnitEuropean Food Safety AuthorityParmaItaly
  2. 2.Biosafety and Biotechnology UnitScientific Institute of Public HealthBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Crop ProtectionGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  4. 4.Plant Protection InstituteSzent István UniversityGödöllőHungary
  5. 5.Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ARTZurichSwitzerland

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