• Valentina Rastelli ISPRA, Rome
  • Anna Benedetti CRA-RPS, Rome
  • Loredana Canfora CRA-RPS, Rome
  • Valeria Giovannelli ISPRA, Rome
  • Giovanni Staiano ISPRA, Rome
  • Paola Vinesi Consultant
  • Matteo Lener ISPRA, Rome



environment, risk assessment, environmental effects, GMO, plants, soil, genetically modified, oilseed rape, maize, Italy


The fast development of agro-biotechnologies asks for a harmonized approach in risk analysis of GMOs releases. An Italian experts group has elaborated an operating model for the environmental risk assessment (OMERA) based on the assumption that the occurring of a risk is related to the presence of four components: source, diffusion factors, dispersal routes, receptors. This model has been further developed to become a Decision Supporting System based on Fuzzy logic (FDSS) to assessors and notifiers. It is a web based Questionnaire that conducts the user through a decision tree from the source to the receptors and leads to the identification and assessment of the risks. The FDSS has been tested on case studies, simulating, as source, herbicide tolerant oilseed rape and insect resistant maize. The resulting identified potential effects on soil are changes to structure and microbial diversity.


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How to Cite

Rastelli, V., Benedetti, A., Canfora, L., Giovannelli, V., Staiano, G., Vinesi, P., & Lener, M. (2013). AN OPERATING MODEL FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL RISK ASSESSMENT APPLIED TO ITALIAN SITES OF COMMUNITY IMPORTANCE: IDENTIFICATION OF POTENTIAL EFFECTS ON SOIL. EQA - International Journal of Environmental Quality, 11(11), 39–48.