ERIC Number: ED315587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Agriculture Breaks New Ground. How Biotechnology and Regrowing Materials Are Being Used in the Federal Republic of Germany. Sonderdienst Special Report SO1.
Grimm, Fritz; Born, Sigrid
This document provides an overview of the major research priorities of biotechnology and the use of what is known as "regrowing raw materials" in agriculture in the Federal Republic of Germany. Following an introduction, section 2 addresses biotechnology in agriculture, including biotechnology and genetic engineering, the significance of biotechnology in the agricultural and food sectors, new developments in plant breeding, examples of genetically engineered mutations in plants, biotechnology in animal production, and biotechnology and foodstuffs. Section 3 describes the state and future prospects of biological research and development West Germany, including main research centers and international cooperation. Section 4 explains the risks and dangers involved in genetic engineering and discusses the Genetic Engineering Act to become law on January 1, 1991. Section 5 explores the future prospect of "regrowing", i.e., renewable, materials. Section 6 discusses industrial uses of regrowing raw materials, including nonpolluting natural oils and fats, starch, sugar, plant fibers such as flax, and wood. Section 7 addresses regrowing raw materials as energy sources, including alcohol that is fit for transport, vegetable oils as fuels and lubricants, and heat and electricity produced from biomass for developing countries. Section 8 considers the future development of regrowing raw materials. The document concludes with addresses of relevant ministries and research institutes in West Germany and a bibliography of seven resources written in German. (CML)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inter Nationes, Bonn (West Germany).
Identifiers - Location: West Germany