New Technologies in Agriculture - their agronomic and socio-economic impact
Institute for Prospective Technological Studies
AGRITECH's main focus is on biotechnology, in particular GMOs, as one of the key technologies driving innovation in the agro-food sector.
Based on the long standing expertise in the area of GMOs and coexistence, AGRITECH provides a coexistence research framework for the implementation and operation of the European Coexistence Bureau (ECoB), established by the European Commission (DG AGRI and the JRC) based on the mandate provided by the Agriculture Council Conclusions of 22 May 2006. ECoB provides a forum for technical co-operation and consensus building between Member States with respect to defining technical segregation measures between GM, conventional and organic agriculture. The aim is to assist Member States (ultimate end users) in the development or refinement of their approaches to co-existence, on a crop specific basis.
ECoB is co-staffed through a tripartite arrangement between the JRC, DG AGRI, and Member States through part funding of specialist DNE posts. ECoB works through designated crop-specific Technical Working Groups (TWGs) comprised of technical representatives of Member States towards elaboration of Best Practice Documents. The first TWG took up work in 2008 on coexistence measures for maize crop production. One of the general objectives of the ECoB at IPTS is to retain the knowledge and expertise created, at IPTS and disseminate it within the JRC.
Based on activities related to novel crops and other emerging biotechnology applications, such as animal cloning, AGRITECH aims at strategically establishing itself as a comprehensive S&T policy support platform to relevant Commission services regarding the introduction of new technologies, techniques and practices in European agriculture, including
In addition to DG AGRI, AGRITECH currently supports DG SANCO regarding the implications of biotechnology applications in the food sector.
In the context of these activities we are networked with researchers and institutions in third countries as well as international organisations.
The action will be strongly linked to the JRC Thematic Programme on GMOs.