Farm scale evaluations of herbicide tolerant genetically modified crops - spring oilseed rape

This dataset consists of a range of ecological measurements collected from a set of arable fields, each sown with a combination of genetically modified and conventional spring-sown oilseed rape crops. Measurements include species counts in the following areas: weed seedbank, vegetation in the crop, field edge vegetation, invertebrates. The data were collected as part of the Farm Scale Evaluations (FSEs), a four-year programme of research by independent researchers aimed at studying the effect that the management practices associated with Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant (GMHT) crops might have on farmland wildlife, when compared with weed control used with non-GM crops. Data were collected by a consortium of: the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, ITE (now the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, CEH), the Institute of Arable Crop Research (now Rothamstead Research, IACR) and the Scottish Crop Research Institute, SCRI (now the James Hutton Institute, JHI). Data were collected for four crops overall (Beet, Maize, Spring-sown Oilseed Rape and Winter-sown oilseed Rape).

Publication date: 2003-11-29

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Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2000-01-01    to    2003-12-31

Supplemental information

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Archived version of DEFRA Farm-scale Evaluations website. Background information
The Farm Scale Evaluations of spring-sown genetically modified crops: Phil. Trans Royal Soc., November 29, 2003; 358 (1439)

Provenance & quality

Data were collected by a consortium of: the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, ITE (now the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, CEH), the Institute of Arable Crop Research (now Rothamstead Research, IACR) and the Scottish Crop Research Institute,SCRI. Data were collected for the four crops (Beet, Maize, Spring-sown Oilseed Rape and Winter-sown oilseed Rape) in the following areas: seedbank, vegetation in the crop, field edge vegetation, invertebrates. Strict data entry and storage controls, data management controls and data analysis protocols were in place during the project. Key reference: The Farm Scale Evaluations of spring-sown genetically modified crops. Papers of a Theme Issue. Philosphical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B, Vol. 358, Number 1439, 29th November 2003.

Correspondence/contact details

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

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Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Vector
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Tags

Topic categories
Biota , Environment , Farming
Keywords
Agriculture agro-ecology,  arable,  arable farming,  biodiversity,  Britain,  crops,  environmental impact,  functional groups,  genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops,  invertebrates,  maize,  oilseed rape,  Parr Section seedbank,  soil,  Species distribution sugar beet,  Sustainable Land Management trophic interactions,  vegetation,  weeds