GM microorganisms "sold" as key soil solution

GM microorganisms

Originally submitted by Yanuar Nugroho
last updated by Maurizio Sajeva

Wild Card's progress: advanced

This Wild Card came from: 
European Commission Framework Programme for RTD

The theme/scheme related to this Wild Card: 
Theme 6 - Environment (including Climate Change)

The sub-theme that best relates to this Wild Card: 
Environmental technologies for observation, simulation, prevention, mitigation, adaptation

Likelihood timeframe and scenario features : 
now-2050

Wild Card's description 
Soil degradation is a serious problem in Europe. The degradation is driven or exacerbated by human activity and has a direct impact on water and air quality, biodiversity, climate and human life-quality. Research on genetically modified microorganisms that can mitigate such degradation and restore soil fertility had been developed but was not implemented at large scale due to unknown risks such as genetic mutation of the microorganism whose impact is impossible to anticipate. Despite criticism, the EU government has given green light for the use of the technology at EU level.