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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..

From this Expert

Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 12:57 pm
A: GM versions of several forage crops have been created for research or commercial purposes. Commercial crops include corn, which you mention, and alfalfa. Research is being pursued with various grass species, such as switchgrass (although this is more with a view to its use as a biofuel, rather than animal feed), sorghum, wheat and millet. Turf grasses have also been genetically modified to provide herbicide tolerance. Molecular approaches to improvement of guinea grass, an important tropical... Continue Reading
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 9:37 am
A: Canadian regulators have recently authorized the planting of soybeans and feed corn tolerant to the herbicide 2,4-D. Similar approvals are being sought in the United States. Approvals for the import of 2,4-D-tolerant corn grain have also been granted recently by many other nations. While cultivation of 2,4-D-tolerant crops is expected in coming growing seasons, thus far no commercial planting of these crops has occurred.The reason crops are being stacked with 2,4-D tolerance is to undercut the... Continue Reading


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