New techniques in agricultural biotechnology
SAPEA brought together experts from across Europe to provide extensive support to the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors on this topic. In response to a request from the College of European Commissioners, led by Commissioner Andriukaitis (Commissioner for Health & Food Safety), the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors submitted an Explanatory Note on New techniques in Agricultural Biotechnology to the European Commission on 28 April 2017. The Explanatory Note provides a detailed scientific description of the full spectrum of agricultural breeding techniques used in plants, animals and microorganisms. The report describes and compares the new techniques with conventional breeding techniques with established techniques of genetic modification.
The following SAPEA experts participated in the work on this topic, nominated by the European Academy Networks:
Professor Alain Boudet, a Member of the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF)
Professor Paul Hooykaas, a Member of The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Professor Peter Ruhdal Jensen, nominated by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
Professor Heiner Niemann, a Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
Professor Joachim Schiemann, nominated by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
Further information on the work on this topic is available on the Scientific Advice Mechanism website.
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