Biosafety research premiere at International Green Week

Darmstadt, 20 Jan. 2012 - Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been funding biological safety research projects for 25 years. The projects investigate the behaviour of genetically modified plants in the environment. This year, the project will be present at International Green Week as part of the BMBF stand. The focus is on research findings relating to the environmental safety of genetically modified Bt maize.

A panel discussion entitled “Are GM plants safe?” on 24 January 2012 (3–3.45 pm) on the visitors’ farm podium will draw conclusions from 25 years of BMBF-funded research and discuss future challenges. The panel members will include people who have been involved in the research projects.

Other agricultural research projects are being presented to a broad public at the BMBF stand in Hall 3.2 Under the BMBF’s umbrella topic of “National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030”. With plants to look at, experimental and interactive stations with attractive prizes to be won, scientists on hand from the various research projects and a wide-ranging programme of events, the BMBF stand will encourage debate.

The other organisations presenting on the BMBF stand are focusing on various methods of modern plant breeding and innovative cultivation methods:

  • Innovationsnetzwerk Klimaanpassung Brandenburg Berlin (INKA BB) with information on topics including climate-adapted crop cultivation
  • Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK Gatersleben) presenting information on breeding drought-tolerant barley with the help of biotechnological and genetic engineering methods
  • Hochschule Bremen (university of applied sciences) with its FIBRAGEN research project on improved biomaterials from flax using applied genomics
  • Grünes Labor Gatersleben, a training facility for schoolchildren, with experiments relating to basic biological concepts
  • Plant transformation using a microparticle injector