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The general aims of the biomolecular engineering programme are to contribute to the removal of bottlenecks which prevent the exploitation by agriculture and industry of recent advances in enzymology and molecular genetics. The progress report outlines the research work carried out to this effect in 1983 under research or training contracts between the Commission of the European Communities and research groups or individual scientists in the Member States. (a) Research contracts Fiftyfive cost shared research contracts were negotiated in 1982 and started in 1983. These contracts cover the six following sectors of research: (1) second generation bioreactors for agro-food industries; (2) improved production of safer substances for animal husbandry and for agro-food industries; (3) upgrading of plant products, particularly of lignocellulose; (4) identification, transfer, expression and transmission of new genetic information in cultivated plant species; (5) improvement, by means of genetic engineering, of symbiotic relations between plants and microorganisms in the soil; (6) selective screening of cells and protoplasts and their regeneration into fertile and differentiated plants. (b) Training contracts The training activity, implemented by means of tri-partite contracts between the Commission, the trainees and the host laboratories, covers all areas of biomolecular engineering. In 1983, 15 training contracts were negotiated.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 8967 DE/EN/FR (1984) FS, VOL. 2, 43 P., BFR 200, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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