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Risk assessment concerns and recent advances in microbial ecology have spurred a wave of research on the impact of genetically modified (GM) crops on soil-borne microbial community structure and function. Effects have often been observed, but these usually pale in comparison with `normal' sources of variation. In spite of our incomplete knowledge of the microbial communities and processes in plant–soil systems, recent technological and conceptual improvements do offer a way forward. We propose a case-by-case approach within a framework that targets both potentially vulnerable indicators as well as general community parameters for assessing the impact of GM plants on soil microorganisms
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-410
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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