EU plant science platform launched
A European plant science working group was launched by the European Commission on Thursday. The technology platform for plant genomics and biotechnology is due to produce an EU biotech research agenda before the end of 2004. An experts report detailing the platform was also presented to research commissioner Philippe Busquin. Mr Busquin welcomed the development, saying "white" and "green" biotech were set to become increasingly important sources of sustainable food and fuel, and that boosting biotech research would make Europe more competitive. See press release and responses from Europabio, Copa-Cogeca and Epso.