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Both in Germany and across Europe no other aspect of genetic engineering is more controversial than the breeding and use of genetically modified plants. In the meantime agricultural biotechnology is continuing to develop at breakneck speed around the globe. Breeders are already working on second and third generation genetically modified plants. This includes plants with ingredients for a healthier diet (functional food), for medicinal use (plant-made pharmaceuticals) or for use in the chemical industry (plant-made industrial products).

The Group initially reviews the latest technological developments in agricultural biotechnology and its applications. Furthermore, the risk debate with all its legal, societal, political, economic, ecological and ethical implications, is of scientific interest, too.