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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 1984 under research of training contracts between the Commission of the European Communities and research groups of individual scientists in the Member States. (a) Research contracts One hundred and three cost shared research contracts were negotiated between 1982 and 1983. These contracts, which have a duration ranging from 24 to 42 months, cover the five following sectors of research: (1) development of second generation bioreactors (multienzymatic, multiphase of cofactor requiring) for detoxication and for industrial applications including agro-food applications; (2) improved production, by means of biomolecular engineering methods of substances for animal husbandry and for agro-food industries; (3) upgrading of plant products, particularly lignocellulose, by means of biomolecular engineering methods; (4) improvement, by means of genetic engineering, of plants and microorganisms which play an important role in agriculture; (5) development of methods for detecting contamination and for the assessment of possible risks associated with applications of biomolecular engineering in agriculture and industry. (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. Fortysix training contracts have been running during 1984.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 9601 DE/EN/FR (1985), FS, VOL. 2, 103 P., BFR 350, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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