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The Biotechnology Action Programme (BAP) was adopted on 12 March 1985 for a period of five years and led to the conclusion, throughout the year 1986 and early in 1987, of a total of 261 research contracts. The purpose of this action is to allow the continuation of a previous "Biomolecular Engineering Programme' (BEP) and its extension to new areas considered as essential for the development of biotechnology in the Community. Further support has been given to the sectors on second generation bioreactors, on genetic engineering - covering the whole range of methods applying to animal husbandry, veterinary medicine, plant improvement, crop protection, beneficial soil micro-organisms - and on risk assessment. New domains which BAP now also addresses include contextual measures for the pooling and improvement of infrastructures for RD (storage and treatment of biological data, collection of biotic materials), as well as specific projects for protein design, the applications of genetic engineering to industrial micro-organisms, the development and upscaling of novel methods for in vitro cell cultures. A special effort is also being initiated in the areas of in vitro systems for the screening and assessment of pharmacological properties and toxicological effects of new molecules. Due to a step wise start of contractual activities, this first annual report brings together the individual contributions of little more than 200 laboratories out of 261, reviewing in all cases very preliminary research achievements still in the initial phase of execution. However, there is an achievement of a certain significance in the fact that activities of these many groups are being carried out in an integrated manner, in the framework of 93 multi partners European Laboratories Without Walls (ELWW) with provisions for exchanges and division of tasks. This is how the Community hopes to be able to circumvent some of the academic and geographical barriers which penalise a field with a high multi disciplinary level. In addition to this research programme, a parallel training programme is run with 60 grants a year covering all biotechnology related fields. Periodical reports on the training programme are issued separately.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11138 EN (1987) FS, VOL.1 148 P., BFR 500 , EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003; EUR 11138 EN (1987) FS, VOL.2, 1 167 P., BFR 850 , EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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