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Dr. Nicholas Storer

Global Leader for Scientific Affairs, Biotechnology Regulatory and Government Affairs Group, Dow AgroSciences

Dr. Nicholas Storer is the Global Leader for Scientific Affairs in the Biotechnology Regulatory and Government Affairs group at Dow AgroSciences, based in the USA. Dr. Storer is responsible for developing and overseeing the company’s biotechnology science policy program, including environmental risk assessment and insect resistance management for transgenic crops. He is called upon as a leading expert by academics and governments around the world to provide perspectives on approaches for assessing the environmental risks and benefits of GM crops in a regulatory context.

He is the current chairman of CropLife International’s Environmental Risk Assessment Project Team and of the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee’s Plant Biotechnology Team. He is also the past chairman of the Agricultural Biotechnology Stewardship Technical Committee (ABSTC), an industry organization that promotes research and stewardship of Bt crops in the US.

Dr. Storer is the author or co-author of more than 20 journal articles, book chapters, and reviews relating to safety assessment, environmental risk assessment, and insect resistance management for transgenic crops. He received his B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, England, his M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and his Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University, USA..

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Posted On: Wednesday, 10/16/2013 3:05 am
A: Today, there are several GM crops that produce different proteins derived from Bacillus thuringiensis (i.e. Bt proteins).  Some of the Bt proteins that we use provide protection from lepidopteran pests that feed on foliage, flowers, and grain (e.g. European corn borer, cotton bollworm).  Different Bt proteins provide protection from coleopteran pests that feed on roots (corn rootworm).  Within these two groups, industry uses a range of specific proteins to delay or overcome pest... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 8/31/2013 3:17 pm
A: Research has shown that the insecticidal proteins produced by insect-protected GM crops can be released into the soil.  The proteins are released from the roots as they develop and from plant tissues and pollen in the soil as they decay.  Therefore, assessment of the potential effects of these proteins on soil organisms is an important component of the regulatory review of insect-protected GM crops.  Direct testing is conducted against earthworms and springtails, both of which... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 8/30/2013 9:00 pm
A: If by “rogue proteins” you are referring to proteins that could be incidentally produced as a result of new cryptic reading frames, my co-authors and I discuss this in a publication (Herman et al., 2011).  In brief, proteins could theoretically be produced by “hidden” or “cryptic” DNA sequences.  In the case of GM crops, such sequences would be generated at random.  The chances of assembling a gene that actually expresses a protein by random is very low, the chances of this... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 8/28/2013 3:36 pm
A: The genes that make up the blue print for an organism are carried on its DNA, which consists of a string with information coded much like letters and words. Genes or sets of genes determine many of the physical and biochemical characteristics of the organism – for example a gene for growth rate, or a set of genes that make a plant drought tolerant. Genetic sequencing is the determination of the precise DNA sequences that make up the genes of an organism (the Human Genome Project is the most... Continue Reading
Posted On: Friday, 8/02/2013 2:37 pm
A: Genes from a bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), have been transferred to crop plants to replace the use of sprayable insecticides directed at some crop pests. These genes produce proteins that control the immature stages of a subset of insects (some caterpillars and beetle grubs) by creating pores in the insect gut and thus disrupting its integrity. Bt has always been consumed by people. It is a very common bacterium found naturally in soil and on plant leaves, and the... Continue Reading

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