DTREEv2, a computer-based support system for the risk assessment of genetically modified plants
•DTREEv2, a decision support software for GM crop hazard identification.•DTREEv2 structures the risk assessment approach by means of an event-tree analysis.•Targeted to scientists, risk assessors and regulators.
Risk assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) remains a contentious area and a major factor influencing the adoption of agricultural biotech. Methodologically, in many countries, risk assessment is conducted by expert committees with little or no recourse to databases and expert systems that can facilitate the risk assessment process. In this paper we describe DTREEv2, a computer-based decision support system for the identification of hazards related to the introduction of GM-crops into the environment. DTREEv2 structures hazard identification and evaluation by means of an Event-Tree type of analysis. The system produces an output flagging identified hazards and potential risks. It is intended to be used for the preparation and evaluation of biosafety dossiers and, as such, its usefulness extends to researchers, risk assessors and regulators in government and industry.
Journal: New Biotechnology - Volume 31, Issue 2, 25 March 2014, Pages 166–171