GMO ERA Project phase II steering commmittee member

Dr. Angelika Hilbeck

Senior researcher, Geobotanical Institute

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

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Biosafety Clearing House Roster of Experts



Project coordinator


Experience / research:

Main research fields:
Biodiversity and nontarget effects of transgenic plants
Consequences of gene flow and introgression of transgenes
Post-commercialization monitoring concepts for transgenic plants
Coexistence of agricultural production systems with and without transgenic plants
Environmental risk assessment and international capacity building (focal countries: Brazil, Kenya, Vietnam) - GMO ERA Project


Project phase I:

Project coordinator, steering committee; coordinated the workshops; editor of Kenya and Brazil books; co-author of various chapters.



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Selected recent publications:

Rovenska, G., R. Zemek, J.E.U. Schmidt, and A. Hilbeck (2005) Altered host plant preference of Tetranychus urticae and prey preference of its predator Phytoseiulus persimilis (Acari: Tetranychidae, Phytoseiidae) on transgenic Cry3Bb-eggplants. Biological Control 33: 293-300.

Andow, DA and A. Hilbeck (2004) Science-based risk assessment for non-target effects of transgenic crops. BioScience 54(7): 637-649.

Hilbeck, A., K. Nelson, D. Andow and E. Underwood (2004) Problem Formulation and Options Assessment (PFOA) to Assess the Ecological Risks Associated with a GM Crop. In: Breckling, B. and R. Verhoeven (eds) Risk, Hazard, Damage - Specification of Criteria to Assess Environmental Impact of Genetically Modified Organisms. Naturschutz und Vielfalt 1, Bonn, pp 131 - 143.

Andow, D.A. and A. Hilbeck (2004) Science and Risk Assessment in Developing Countries. Ecological Frontiers, Forum Article: 155-156.

Hilbeck, A., D. Andow, A.N.E. Birch, B.B. Bong, D.M.F. Capalbo, G.P. Fitt, E.M.G. Fontes, K.L. Heong, J. Johnston, E.O. Osir, A. Snow, J. Songa, E. Underwood and F-H. Wan. (2004) The GMO Guidelines Project: Development of International Scientific Environmental Biosafety Testing Guidelines for Transgenic Plants. In: L.E. Ehler, R. Sforza and T. Mateille (eds) Genetics, Evolution and Biological Control. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK, pp 207-218.

Zwahlen, C., A. Hilbeck, P. Gugerli, and W. Nentwig. (2003) Degradation of the Cry1Ab protein within transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis corn tissue in the field. Molecular Ecology 12: 765-775.

Zwahlen, C., A. Hilbeck, R. Howald, and W. Nentwig. (2003) Effects of transgenic Bt corn litter on the earthworm Lumbricus terrestris. Molecular Ecology 12: 1077-1086

Capalbo, D.M.F., A. Hilbeck, D. Andow, A. Snow, B.B. Bong, F-H. Wan, E.M.G. Fontes, E.O. Osir, G.P. Fitt, J. Johnston, J. Songa, K.L. Heong, and A.N.E. Birch. (2003) Brazil and the development of scientific biosafety testing guidelines for transgenic crops. J. of Invertebrate Pathology 83: 104-106.

Hilbeck, A. and D. Andow (2003) Data requirements for ecological risk assessment of transgenic plants. In: T. Lelley, E. Balazs, M. Tepfer (eds.) Ecological Impact of GMO Dissemination in Agro-Ecosystems. Facultas, Vienna, pp. 193- 207

Hilbeck, A. (2002) Transgenic host plant resistance and nontarget effects. In: D. Letourneau and B. Burrows (eds.) Genetically Engineered Organisms: Assessing Environmental and Human Health Effects. CRC Press, Boca Raton, USA, pp. 438

Meier, M. and A. Hilbeck (2001) Influence of transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis corn-fed prey on prey preference of immature Chrysoperla carnea (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). Basic and Applied Ecology 2: 35-44.

Raps, A., Kehr, J., Gugerli, P., Moar, W.J., Bigler, F., and A. Hilbeck (2001) Immunological analysis of phloem sap of Bacillus thuringiensis corn and of the non-target herbivore Rhopalosiphum padi (Homoptera: Aphididae) for presence of Cry1Ab. Molecular Ecology 10:525-534.

Zwahlen, C., W. Nentwig, F. Bigler and A. Hilbeck. (2000) Tritrophic interactions of transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis corn, Anaphothrips obscurus (Thysanoptera: Thripidae), and the predator Orius majusculus (Heteroptera: Anthocoridae). Environmental Entomology 29: 846-850.

Hilbeck, A., W. Moar, M. Pusztai-Carey, A. Filipini and F. Bigler. (1999) Prey-mediated effects of Cry1Ab toxin and protoxin and Cry2A protoxin on the predator Chrysoperla carnea (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 91: 305 - 316.

Hilbeck, A., M. Baumgartner, P.M. Fried and F. Bigler. (1998) Effects of transgenic Bt corn-fed prey on immature development of Chrysoperla carnea (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). Environmental Entomology 27(2): 480-487.

Hilbeck, A., W. Moar, M. Pusztai-Carey, A. Filipini and F. Bigler. (1998) Toxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry1Ab toxin to the predator Chrysoperla carnea (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). Environmental Entomology 27 (5): 1255-1263.