Terminator part two?
The European research project Transcontainer has
officially started as of 1 May 2006. This research
project, which comprises 13 partners from
universities, research and government institutes,
small and medium-sized enterprises and an industrial
partner, is partly funded by the European Commission.
It aims at developing and studying genetically
modified (GM) crop plants that are 'biologically
contained', in order to reduce significantly the
potential spread of transgenes of such GM crop plants
to conventional and organic crops and to wild and
weedy relatives, when such exist.
The main task of Schenkelaars Biotechnology
Consultancy within Transcontainer consists of
communication of the results of the technical,
biosafety and socio-economic research to parties
interested in (regulatory) policy and public debates
on 'co-existence of GM and non-GM crops' and
'outcrossing from GM crops to wild plants'.