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Chinese Journal Of Biological Control ›› 2020, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (1): 17-23.DOI: 10.16409/j.cnki.2095-039x.2019.05.012

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Application of Meta-analysis in the Safety Assessments of Transgenic Crops

DANG Cong1, WANG Fang1, LU Zengbin2, YE Gongyin1   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Rice Biology/Key Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Crop Pathogens and Insects, Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs/Institute of Insect Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China;
    2. National Engineering Laboratory of Wheat and Maize/Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Maize in Northern Yellow-huai River Plain, Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs/Maize Research Institute, Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Jinan 250100, China
  • Received:2019-05-18 Online:2020-02-08 Published:2020-02-26

Abstract: The ecological risks and scientific assessment methods of transgenic crops have drawn growing public attention. There have been a series of studies focusing on the ecological safety assessments of transgenic crops, while these results vary from each other. Meta-analysis provides a scientific assessment to quantitatively review and synthesize the multiple independent experiments of a certain subject. This method has been widely used in the areas of medicine and ecology, but rarely used in the ecological safety assessments of transgenic crops. Here we introduced the concept and procedure of meta-analysis and its application in the safety assessment of transgenic crops, we also recognized the limitation of meta-analysis. This review may promote a wide application of meta-analysis in the future.

Key words: Meta-analysis, transgenic crops, safety assessment, ecological risks

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