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Scientific design of GM farm-scale evaluations made public

February 07, 2003

The 40th anniversary issue of the British Ecology Society's Journal of Applied Ecology this month leads with two major papers describing the background, methodology and experimental design of the farm-scale evaluations of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops.

In laying out the statistical design and methods of data collection for the trials, these two papers not only pave the way for fuller publication of the results later this year, but also open up the design for close scrutiny by other ecological scientists.

The Journal of Applied Ecology is one of the world's most prestigious periodicals of its type and the papers, respectively by Les Firbank (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and Joe Perry (Rothamsted Research) and colleagues, competed for space through the Journal's normal process of stringent selection and peer-review.

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