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                  The Plant Industrial Platform.

The current European BRIDGE research program covers the period 1990-1993
with a total budget of 100 million ecu. The plant biotechnology sector is
well represented in two out of seven T-projects. These projects have been
set up to embrace larger areas of research for the elimination of
bottlenecks resulting from structural or scale constraints. A total of 62
laboratories have been organized into two contractual entities, each with
a precise goal:

- "Molecular identification of new plant genes". A total of 29 partners
develop systems for rapid and reliable access to novel genes. The model
plant is Arabidopsis.

- "Factors regulating plant cell growth and differentiation". Five
contracts, encompassing 33 partners make a significant investment into the
elucidation of cell signalling pathways in relation to developmental and
regenerative responses.

In the European BIOTECH programme, which started this year, two new T-
projects have started:

- "Molecular screening tools". The basic aim of this project is to develop
molecular tools for the screening and evaluation of genetic variation in
germplasm collections and natural and cultivated populations of plants and

- "Project of Technological Priority". Five sub-topics have been defined:
i) Plant growth factors. ii) Nitrogen Utilisation efficiency. iii) Storage
products. iv) Stress. v) Plant-microbe interaction

The Plant Industrial Platform is an organisation paid for by its
industrial members and stimulates the two-way exchange of information
between the European scientific T-projects and companies that may
implement the obtained knowledge.
Two Newsletters have been published this year and these have been
distributed among the PIP members.

Contents Newsletter-1:   Developments in Europe
                         The T-projects
                         Research Contributions

Contents Newsletter-2:   Europe
                              Mr. E. Magnien
                              Mr. M. Lex
                         The T-projects:
                              Molecular Screening Tools
                              Technical Priority Project
                         Member profiles:
                              RZ Biofleur C.V.
                              Bruinsma Seeds B.V.
                         Research Contributions

The third Newsletter, which is to appear in September 1993, will feature
contributions on computer networks and databanks with relation to plant-
biotechnology, plant breeding and seed technology.
Useful contributions to the Newsletter will be welcome at the address

     Gert de Vries       ProBio Products
                         Meerweg 6
                         The Netherlands
                         9625 PJ Overschild
                         tel. (31).5966.321
                         FAX  (31).5966.508

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