CERA's database of safety information (formerly of AGBIOS) includes not only plants produced using recombinant DNA technologies (e.g. genetically engineered or transgenic plants), but also plants with novel traits that may have been produced using more traditional methods, such as accelerated mutagenesis or plant breeding.
The main plant science industries provide information regarding the commercial status of their GM products to the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Washington DC, USA. Using this data, BIO has developed the Commercial Status of Certain Agricultural Biotechnology Products database, with the proviso that the data is made public for informational purposes only. Products are classified into one of the following three categories; (i) Commercialised - available for sale in at least one country, (ii) Last Seed Sales - this is the last year that seed for this product was sold for commercial use, and (iii) Never Commercialised – the product has never been made available for sale. The retrieval mechanism allows records to be selected according to company, crop, OECD Unique Identifier, and event name.
The Crop Calendar contains information on planting, sowing and harvesting periods of locally-adapted crops in specific agro-ecological zones. It also provides information on the main agricultural practices.
The Worldwide Herbicide Resistant Weeds Database is the result of an on-going survey undertaken by a global collaboration between weed scientists, and is chaired in Oregon, USA. It currently holds information concerning 304 resistant biotypes, 182 species (109 dicots and 73 monocots) and over 270,000 fields. These include reports of weeds resistant to those herbicides associated with GM crop cultivation; bromoxynil (eg. Brominal, Buctril), glyphosate (eg. Roundup, Touchdown) and chlorsulfuron (Glean, Telar). So far there are no records of resistance to phosphinothricin (eg. Bialaphos, Basta, Liberty). Additionally, the website provides a gallery of images of the main weed species, statistics related to the distribution of main herbicide-resistant weeds worldwide, relevant publications and other educational materials for free download.
The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) develops and promotes the use of integrated, ecologically sound pest management programs in California. Although not involved in the use of GMOs themselves, their site offers insights into the diversity of current agricultural practices, as well as the development of pest management strategies that can also be adopted by those farmers growing GM crops. Their website offers information on more than 60 crops, including the toxicities of relevant pesticides to natural enemies and honey bees, descriptors of invertebrate and weed pests, and diseases (incidence, symptoms, management/control methods), and a gallery of natural enemies with description. Also available for free download for each crop are UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines files (pdf format).
The Database of Arthropods Resistant to Pesticides is a compilation of arthropods species (insects, spiders and mites), the pesticides that they are resistant to, when and where in the world the resistance was documented, including the supporting citation. The data is based upon a review of the literature. The Michigan State University obtained resistance data from two primary sources: a previous review by G. Georghiou (UN FAO, 1991) and their own literature review. Cases are documented for a single species of pest (or non-pest) in a specific region in the world, and in some cases many years ago. Not all resistant populations are stable (meaning resistance in a pest population can decline when the pesticide is not applied for awhile). In some cases, a pesticide resistant pest population was developed in the lab only. The database was last updated in 2004.