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Biotechnology has played a key role in food-production for millennia. Its modern equivalent has opened many new opportunities to improve quality of life in many areas including health, food processes, agriculture and the environment.

Since the early eighties the European Commission has given continuing and growing support to research and technological development (RTD) in Biotechnology through several consecutive programmes. In the Fourth Programme (1994-1998), the Biotechnology programme (BIOTECH 2) mobilized almost Euro-600 million from the EU research budget to enhance the competitiveness of European industry in this field. BIOTECH 2 has provided support for over 400 research projects, giving a significant boost to European research and further developing networks within the scientific community.

This report is part of the European Commision's efforts to disseminate and encourage the exploitation of the results of the projects it is funding. It provides summaries of 93 projects under the 8 areas of research covered by the Biotechnology programme, as well as under the horizontal activities of the programme. The report strives to raise awareness among a wide audience and its straightforward style is intended to convey how EU-funded Biotechnology projects can affect many aspects of the Quality of life of the European citizen.

For details of earlier reports see RCNs 199610004, 199810083 and 200013429.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20063 EN (2002), pp.80. Euro: 13.00
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20063-EN-C Available from EUR-OP sales agents. URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-2020-0
Record Number: 200215266 / Last updated on: 2002-10-15
Original language: en
Available languages: en