The scientific community needs to care for increasing social demand for safety in plant gene-transfer techniques by exploiting “sustainable” practices based on technological progress and risk-management expertise. The adoption of a bioethical approach is becoming more and more critical in determining laboratory practices. The need for good communication of scientific results is an essential tool for properly managing conflicts among the various actors of the debate on plant transgenic research. The acknowledgment of these issues constitutes a milestone of our project. This was conceived for developing multidisciplinary research on the question of risk management for plant exogenous gene transfer, by bringing together the expertise of genetics, social sciences, bioethics, communication and dissemination of scientific results. In the laboratory activity, we are assessing potential approaches for exogenous gene transfer into plants based on “clean” tools. We are also conducting social research to analyze the scientific community’s perception towards exogenous gene transfer hazards and their management. Moreover, we analyze—from a bioethical point of view—the concept of “sustainable development”. We are also testing tools to engage the public in debate on controversial scientific issues. Finally, the project is attempting to work out strategic guidelines for a good scientific communication.

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“Eco-Friendly” genes
From scientific research to risk management, ethical issues and communication

Lucia Martinelli   Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige, Italy

Floriana Marin   Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige, Italy

Lorenza Dalla Costa   Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige, Italy

Valentino Poletti   Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige, Italy

Ilaria Vaccari   ITC-Istituto per le Scienze Religiose Trento, Italy

Lucia Galvagni – ITC-Istituto per le Scienze Religiose Trento, Italy

The scientific community needs to care for increasing social demand for safety in plant gene-transfer techniques by exploiting “sustainable” practices based on technological progress and risk-management expertise. The adoption of a bioethical approach is becoming more and more critical in determining laboratory practices. The need for good communication of scientific results is an essential tool for properly managing conflicts among the various actors of the debate on plant transgenic research. The acknowledgment of these issues constitutes a milestone of our project. This was conceived for developing multidisciplinary research on the question of risk management for plant exogenous gene transfer, by bringing together the expertise of genetics, social sciences, bioethics, communication and dissemination of scientific results. In the laboratory activity, we are assessing potential approaches for exogenous gene transfer into plants based on “clean” tools. We are also conducting social research to analyze the scientific community’s perception towards exogenous gene transfer hazards and their management. Moreover, we analyze—from a bioethical point of view—the concept of “sustainable development”. We are also testing tools to engage the public in debate on controversial scientific issues. Finally, the project is attempting to work out strategic guidelines for a good scientific communication.

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