In November, , scientists David Quist and Ignacio Chapela published a much-cited article in the journal Nature (Quist and Chapela ). Investigating the. Ignacio Chapela (born ) is a microbial ecologist and mycologist at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for a paper in Nature on the. letters to nature. NATURE |VOL |29 NOVEMBER | David Quist & Ignacio H. Chapela. Department of Environmental Science, .

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Science that doesn’t tow the line of the pro-biotech, “progress-via-technology” mindset is considered “bad science. The methods used a combination of traditional soil analysis, stable- and radioactive isotope analysis and DNA-based microbial community characterizationand indeed the concepts behind this manuscript are novel and of very large significance, since ivnacio of this type are now being planted over extremely large areas globally.

Here GRAIN talks to Quist about the aftermath of the volcano and the implications for farmers, scientists and consumers.

However, there is no way they could make a statement like that from a scientific, ecological point of view without conducting rigorous science, which I do not think they are not doing, at least at this point.

Biodiversity – cornucopia of knowledge. The GM-corn, originating in the U. The contamination of local maize varieties was a completely unexpected discovery.

Immoral Maize – definitive account of Chapela affair

You must be logged in to post a comment. Quist and Chapela are among those Berkeley scientists who opposed this alliance, since they believed it compromised academic freedom.

From Iowa to Oaxaca: Although such critics tried to maintain the guise of scientific objectivity, it’s hard not to see an ideological component in their campaign against Quist and Chapela. Dr Chapela was a leading opponent of the signing of the agreement within the college and I was also involved in a vocal group opposing the deal called Students for Responsible Ibnacio.

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The Case of Mexican Maize

ntaure This short note marks the published beginning of a project I have been developing since as a comparative approach to valuation of biological resources. Phylogenetics of Lophodermium from pine. Listen here – https: Nnature events that have occurred also raise a lot of questions about the true objectivity of the peer-review process in scientific reporting. This ontology can make a new foundation for our scientific descriptions of nature in a way that also redefines the relation between science, ethics and politics.

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Food systems across the continent are doing just fine without them 08 November More. This discovery, which challenges many accepted assumptions about the ecology of transgenic organisms, is naturre first publication where my interests in both the igmacio as well as the policy of microbial ecology become crystalized. Incredible amounts of money go into the production of this grain that receives subsidised water, soil, machinery and oil; is subsidised in international markets; and subsidised again in Mexico through distribution.

As the heat built up, the journal did not handle things very well and made a lot of people angry, on both sides. The article went through peer review and the two anonymous reviewers came to opposite conclusions about its content. Such measures would only help in the long run if there were no GM-corn to cause new contamination.

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Ignacio Chapela

Then, in the spring ofNature published letters by well-known scientists who questioned the validity of Quist and Chapela’s research. How many of them? A year and a half on from the publication of your paper in Nature, what is your perspective on why there was such a strong reaction to this paper? The government submitted its results to Nature, but its paper was rejected in October How to perform synecological research on microbes seems to have been his life-long occupation.


In addition, the industry was in a downturn economically.

He has appeared in several films on genetically modified organism and food systems issues, The World According to Monsanto and The Future of Food. He is also an advisory board member for The Sunshine Projectan organization promoting citizens’ concerns with biosafety and biowarfare. The maize that comes into Mexico gets distributed through welfare food systems around the country.

He even suggested that the mixing could contribute usefully to the diversification of domestic plants quoted in Dreesmann Like all other Nature articles, the original Quist and Chapela manuscript had gone through a rigorous peer review before publication. In this paper, we resolve a major question emerging from the last 8 years of use of stable isotope analysis for ecological inference in the field.

However, Chapela was ultimately awarded tenure in The standard author abbreviation Chapela is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name. This highly reductionistic work is nonetheless very important for a wide variety of other fields, since the determination of the natural distribution of stable isotopes in the environment has become a tool of choice for studies ranging from nutrient processing to global change.

What has been the effect of all this on the work you are doing, and has there been follow-up work? They are also prone to stare at things beyond polite limits, and to have an affinity for complexity and non-linear storylines, the stuff of real ecology. Retrieved from ” https: In the late s, Chapela did his PhD dissertation research at Cardiff University on the ecology of microbial wood-rotting fungi.

A response to a proposed initiative for global conservation.