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Within the framework of the Community's biotechnology research programmes, groups of contractors were brought together to constitute ELWWs, with a view to facilitating the rapid circulation and exchange of information, data and materials, and increasing mobility among research staff. The purpose of this brochure is to illustrate the work of one such ELWW in the field of crop improvement through cell biotechnology. In conventional plant breeding, the introduction and transfer of useful genetic characters is achieved by making sexual crosses. It is therefore limited to those species which are sexually compatible. Some of these limitations can be bypassed by using techniques of cell fusion and genetic engineering. Research in the ELWW encompassed work both on model plant species, to advance and elucidate underlying principles, and on the application of these principles for the improvement of European crop plants. Progress made in this research effort is reported and the benefits and examples of cooperation are discussed.

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Authors: MAGNIEN E, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1990) 7 pp.
Availability: Available from the BAP Programme Office, CEC, DG XII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
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