EBI Personnel Directory Scott, Elise
Biomass Feedstock Legal and Regulatory Challenges: Invasive Species Regulation, Biotechnology Approvals and Germplasm Control
Invasive species, genetically engineered biomass feedstocks and contractual mechanisms to manage intellectual property rights in germplasm are linked together by common legal and regulatory structures, whereby invasive species rules influence biotechnology regulation, as well as potential private law liability concerns associated with genetically modified plants. Contracts also specify terms for germplasm cultivation, harvesting, and destruction in order to mitigate the liability risk that potentially invasive species or genetically engineered plants may migrate while providing bio-refineries sufficient biomass quantities. The project is developing a science-based decision-making framework to avoid or mitigate these risks in the areas of feedstock development, cultivation, post-harvest practices and supply chain management.