Bulgarian plant biotechnology plays a basic role for achievement a high level quality of agriculture in the country. As Centre of Excellence, the AgroBioInstitute (ABI) was given the responsibility to coordinate the research activities and training in plant biotechnology at the national and regional level. Anyway the recent statement of ABI is extremely needed to be improved. The process will be initiated with an independent and competent evaluation of the Institute’s functioning. Thus this project involves a range of activities to evaluate the biotechnology research, education, training and coordination facilities in ABI in the frame of European policy on biotechnology. The evaluation activities involved are focused on: 1) research capacity building; 2) advanced training and education capability; and 3) coordination and network potential. The research capacity is evaluated in the areas of biodiversity, abiotic stress, biotic stress, and molecular biology. The other activity – training and education capability of ABI, is going to be evaluated in the light of its advance and success. The third activity – coordination and network potential of ABI, is appraised in order to elucidate the ability of ABI to participate and plays a substantial role in plant breeding programmes. Totally a range of three evaluators, each one specialized in the respective field, is considered as optimal to reach the goal of the project. A general evaluation conclusion is expected to rise as a combined result of the evaluation activities. This evaluation will be strongly recommended to serve as a base for preparing the project for the next REGPOT-1 Call in Specific Programme Capacities of FP7 Programme of EU.
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