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Seven of the top ten world seed producers are located in Western Europe, and two percent of arable land in this area is used solely for seed production. The industry has a major interest in EC biotechnology programmes, as they relate to agriculture and plant breeding, since paradoxically this successful industrial sector has largely been unable to support long-term research investment. This report considers the likely changes in demand for plant characteristics in the next century, and assesses how this can be achieved, by genetic engineering, plant breeding, embryo rescue, controlled synchronous flowering of crops, and regulation of gene transmission. It identifies technology targets, and discusses how these may be achieved through a joint approach unifying academic and commercial interests.

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Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1989) 28 pp.
Availability: Available from the BRIDGE Programme Office, CEC, DG XII, 200 rue de la Loi, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE)
Record Number: 199330037 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en