Monday, 18 December 2017
Transgene escape and persistence in an agroecosystem: the case of glyphosate-resistant Brassica rapa L. in central Argentina.
Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2017 Dec 14. doi: 10.1007/s11356-017-0726-3. [Epub ahead of print] Pandolfo CE1,2, Presotto A3,4, Carbonell FT3, Ureta S3,4, Poverene M3,4, Cantamutto M3,5. Author information 1 Dpto. Agronomía, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), San Andrés 800, 8000, Bahía Blanca, Argentina. firstname.lastname@example.org. 2 Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida (CERZOS), Universidad Nacional del Sur-CONICET, Camino La Carrindanga Km 7, 8000, Bahía Blanca, Argentina. email@example.com. 3 Dpto. Agronomía, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS), San Andrés 800, 8000, Bahía Blanca, Argentina. 4 Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida (CERZOS), Universidad Nacional del Sur-CONICET, Camino La Carrindanga Km 7, 8000, Bahía Blanca, Argentina. 5 Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA). Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Hilario Ascasubi, Ruta 3 Km 794, 8142, Hilario Ascasubi, Villarino, Argentina. Abstract Brassica rapa L. is an annual Brassicaceae species cultivated for oil and food production, whose wild form is a weed of crops worldwide. In temperate regions of South America and especially in the Argentine Pampas region, this species is widely distributed. During 2014, wild B. rapa populations that escaped control with glyphosate applications by farmers were found in this area. These plants were characterized by morphology and seed acidic profile, and all the characters agreed with B. rapa description. The dose-response assays showed that the biotypes were highly resistant to glyphosate. It was also shown that they had multiple resistance to AHAS-inhibiting herbicides. The transgenic origin of the glyphosate resistance in B. rapa biotypes was verified by an immunological test which confirmed the presence of the CP4 EPSPS protein and by an event-specific GT73 molecular marker. The persistence of the transgene in nature was confirmed for at least 4 years, in ruderal and agrestal habitats. This finding suggests that glyphosate resistance might come from GM oilseed rape crops illegally cultivated in the country or as a seed contaminant, and it implies gene flow and introgression between feral populations of GM B. napus and wild B. rapa. The persistence and spread of the resistance in agricultural environments was promoted by the high selection pressure imposed by intensive herbicide usage in the prevalent no-till farming systems. KEYWORDS: Gene flow; Herbicide resistance; Hybridization; Introgression; OGM; Transgenic crops; Wild turnip PMID: 29243152 DOI: 10.1007/s11356-017-0726-3 Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+