Modern biotechnology is a key enabling technology that can introduce specific changes in the genetic material of plants, animals and micro-organisms. Much of the current public research in modern agricultural biotechnology aims to strengthen the economic, social and/or environmental sustainability of the production of food, feed and biomass.
The page ‘Public research in modern biotechnology‘ provides further background on current and planned public sector research.
From the survey is has become clear that much public sector research in agricultural biotechnology in Europe has been slowed, stopped or moved abroad, because of increasing regulatory hurdles and costs to prevent destruction of field research.
The page ‘Public research delayed or stopped‘ will provide further information on this.