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Feral oilseed rape has become widespread in Europe on waysides and waste ground. Its potential as a source of GM impurity in oilseed rape harvests is quantified, for the first time, by a consistent analysis applied over a wide range of study areas in Europe. The maximum contribution of feral oilseed rape to impurities in harvested crops was estimated by combining data on feral abundance and crop yield from five established, demographic studies in agricultural habitats in Denmark, Germany (2), France and the UK, constituting over 1,500 ha of land and 16 site-years of observations. Persistence of feral populations over time was compared by visual and molecular methods. Ferals had become established in all regions, forming populations 0.2 to 15 km−2. The seed they produced was always
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Publication date2011
Volume18
Issue1
Pages111-115
ISSN0944-1344
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StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 5

Keywords

  • Bio systems, Environment and climate
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