Project Information

Reference Number 2020-0325
Project Title Contained Use for the Production of grain samples for grain quality and sensory evaluation of Golden Rice event GR2-E at PhilRice CES
Project Type Confined Test
Status Ongoing
Name of Institution Philippine Rice Research Institute
Cooperating Institution None
Supervising IBC Philippine Rice Research Institute CES (PhilRice) - Muñoz, Nueva Ecija
Project Leader(s)

Dr. Reynante L. Ordonio

Experimental Facility/Site Containment Level 2 (CL2) Screenhouse, Philippine Rice Research Institute, Brgy. Maligaya, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
Purpose / Objectives

To produce grain samples for grain quality and sensory evaluation of Golden Rice event GR2-E under confined test at PhilRice CES

Biosafety measures

The site is inside the Transgenic Research Facility of PHILRICE-CES that is udner total control of PHILRICE.

Access to the site will be for a limited number of personnel and for DOST-BC approved visitors. Only one entry point will be provided and be locked at all times. Movement of people within the sites will be restricted and only authorized personnel will be allowed to enter. A log book will be maintained to record the entry of any person.

Plant material movements will strictly follow the relevant biosafety and phytosanitary requirements of the Philippine Government.

Temporal and spatial isolations and physial barriers will be used to prevent integration of the introduced plant in the local environment.

Any unplanned activity will be monitored and reported. There will be a log book and other monitoring systems. Accidental release will be taken care by cleaning the site of accidental release. A thorough investigation of accidental release will be conducted to prevent similar incident from happening in the future. In the extreme case that an accident arises in the field site, all plant materials in the experimental plots will be ploughed back in the soil. ANy case of sabotage will be immediately reported to the appropriate authorities.

After harvest, all rice straws/stubbles will be ploughed back in the soil. The site will be left fallow for 30-45 days after harvest and volunteer plants will also be ploughed.

Conditions for Approval N/A
Date of Approval (DD-MM-YYYY) 20-06-2020
Date of Completion (DD-MM-YYYY) N/A
Executive Summary

Golden Rice is a new type of rice that containsbeta-carotene. Leading nutrition and agricultural research organizations are working together to evaluate Golden Rice as a potential tool to reduce VAD in the Philippines and in other rice-consuming countries.

Golden Rice, being a genetically modified (GM) crop, has undergone Field Trial in June 2019 and has recently passed biosafety assessments for direct use as food and feed, or for processing (FFP) on December 10, 2019. The former is a pre-requisite for commercial propogation application while the latter is a pre-requisite for consumption and nutritional studies. In October 2019 the FIeld Trial at PhilRice was completed and the completion report was already submitted to the Department of Agriculture - Bureau of Plant Industry (DA-BPI) on February 28, 2020. A certificate of satisfactory completion will then have to be issued by DA-BPI, which PhilRice will use for applying for commercial propagation of GR2E.

As our challenge is to show that Golden Rice is substantially equivalent to ordinary rice in terms of grain quality and taste, and since we have already acquired FFP permit, we intend to produce grains of Golden RIce for the planned structure and comprehensive grain quality and sensory evaluation of GR@E this year. However, as we currently do not have the permit for commercial propogation, we do not have the liberty of growing Golden rice in the open field . In lieu of this, we hereby propose the grain production of GR2E within our accredited CL2 facilities at PhilRice CES under the usual strict monitoring of our local IBC . The grains to be produced will also be stored and milled at our accredited/designated storage and milling facilities.

The Philippines is one of the few developing countries with a functional and transparent biosafety regime and has harmonized its requirements with relevant international bodies such as the Codex Alimentarius, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In the Golden Rice project, we intend to follow the guidelines and procedures established by these organizations in preventing unintended release of GR2E before its official approval/release.