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Creation of a "Biotechnology for Biodiversity Platform"

A "Biotechnology for Biodiversity Platform" is being formed to provide a forum for communication and technology transfer between end-users and a European Union-funded biotechnology project which is developing molecular tools for screening biodiversity.

The platform will provi...
A "Biotechnology for Biodiversity Platform" is being formed to provide a forum for communication and technology transfer between end-users and a European Union-funded biotechnology project which is developing molecular tools for screening biodiversity.

The platform will provide a forum for a free flowing dialogue between molecular biologists and end-users, with the aim of:

- Increasing awareness and understanding amongst end-users of the molecular techniques available and their potential applications;
- Increasing awareness amongst technology producers of the requirements of end-users;
- Provide end-users with swift access to the latest technological developments and their applications.

The platform will also:

- Set up mechanisms for training and technology transfer;
- Provide after care for trained end-users when establishing new techniques in-house;
- Promote wider dissemination, education and public awareness of the role of biotechnology in biodiversity conservation.

End-users are likely to include industry, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, genetic resources, botanical gardens, zoos, advisory agencies, conservation bodies, museums and herbaria, population ecology, systematics, universities, educational institutions and organizations.

Source: European Commission, DG XII
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