News in March 2005
Zobrazit další navigaci
Celý web BIOTRIN
Předchozí News in July 2012 News in June 2012 News in May 2012 News in April 2012 News in March 2012 News in February 2012 News in January 2012 News in December 2011 News in November 2011 News in October 2011 News in September 2011 News in July 2011 News in June 2011 News in May 2011 News in April 2011 News in March 2011 News in February 2011 News in January 2011 News in December 2010 News in November 2010 News in October 2010 News in September 2010 News in August 2010 News in July 2010 News in June 2010 News in May 2010 News in April 2010 News in March 2010 News in February 2010 News in January 2010 News in December 2009 News in November 2009 News in October 2009 News in September 2009 News in August 2009 News in July 2009 News in June 2009 News in May 2009 News in April 2009 News in March 2009 News in February 2009 News in January 2009 News in December 2008 News in November 2008 News in October 2008 News in September 2008 News in August 2008 News in July 2008 News in June 2008 News in May 2008 News in April 2008 News in March 2008 News in February 2008 News in January 2008 News in December 2007 News in November 2007 News in October 2007 News in September 2007 News in August 2007 News in June 2007 News in May 2007 News in April 2007 News in March 2007 News in February 2007 News in January 2007 News in December 2006 News in November 2006 News in October 2006 News in September 2006 News in August 2006 News in July 2006 News in June 2006 News in May 2006 News in April 2006 News in March 2006 News in February 2006 News in January 2006 News in December 2005 News in November 2005 News in October 2005 News in September 2005 News in August 2005 News in July 2005 News in May 2005 News in April 2005 News in March 2005 News in February 2005 News in January 2005 Global Status of commercialized BIOTECH/GM Crops: 2004 News in December 2004 News in November 2004 News in October 2004 News in September 2004 News in August 2004 Press Release Moratorium to court Project "Gene Therapy" GM food passed as safe Europe accept human cloning Two news story on Moore paper dragon burned Honeybees bring affairs in biotechnology Classical breeding PRODI EXTENDS ETHICS GROUP'S REMIT EU support for biotech Swiss conference How is it with soya? We need to talk Rice with a vitamin and without patents What is new
Scheduled Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol (May-June 2005) induced an initiative to bring scientists there. The meetings of this kind are attended by clerks of governmental bodies and policymakers. There are also present anti-GMO NGOs in great number propagating their political goals. Scientists are usually absent because no scientific grant includes funding of such meetings. As a result the policymakers are under the pressure of slogans and nobody can present scientific facts.

A group of scientists (Chirman Professor Philip Dale) took steps to change this unfortunate situation. Reed more in or contact


Conference on 'Gene Patents and Public Health' Location: Leuven, Belgium, Date: 27 May 2005

'Coexistence of GM crops with non-GM crops' will take place at Swiss Federal Research Station for Agroecology and Agriculture in Zurich on June 9-10, 2005. More at

EMBO/EMBL Conference on Science and Security
Location: Heidelberg, Germany, Date: 28 - 29 October 2005

Workshop: Joint Organic Congress 2006, May, 30th-31st, 2006,Odense, Denmark

Communicating European Research 2005, Brussels, 14-15 November 2005 A draft programme has been made available.

Europa - EU

Check at

Experts back Commission proposal to bolster research funding

Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) Scientific Support to Policies - 15 new projects available. Open and future calls updated

Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7)

Towards the new EU Research Framework Programme 2007-2013
The European Commission should adopt on 6 April 2005 its proposal for the EU’s 7th Research Framework Programme 2007-2013. This will launch the co-decision procedure for the adoption by the Council and the European Parliament

Policy, funding: Parliament backs Commission's FP7 vision. A European Parliament committee has endorsed the European Commission's vision for the forthcoming Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), particularly its call to double EU-backed research funding.

Tissue, Legislation: European Parliament seeks ban to curb ‘mail order’ human eggs
The European Parliament has called for a ban on the trade in human egg cells following media reports alleging that ‘mail order’ eggs were being brought in from outside the Union.

Renewable Energy, Biofuels: Commission consults stakeholders on its Biomass Action Plan
Stakeholders have until the end of March to participate in the Commission’s public consultation to help shape a Biomass Action Plan for bringing the EU closer to its renewable energy targets.

Authorisation, GMOs: GM maize held up despite EFSA all-clear
For the first time, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given a clean bill of health for the growing of a genetically modified (GM) maize variety in the EU. However, experts from Member States have yet to authorise the crop

European Basic Research Policy Website
Over the past two years, the idea of a European Research Council (ERC), widely regarded within the scientific community as a necessary component of the European Research Area, has become a serious political prospect. It is a development that the European Commission has strongly supported and worked hard to turn into reality.


As announced IOBC/wprs Working Group on 'GMOs in Integrated Plant Production organizes 'Meeting on Ecological Impact of Genetically Modified Organisms, June 1-3, 2005, Lleida, Spain. More than 50 participants have already registered for the meeting. We have information from Prof. F. Kocourek and Dr. Oxana Haboštová that they will attend the Meeting from Czech Republic.

BIO 2005 Annual International Convention in Philadelphia (19-22 June 2005)
Several departments of the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EU), and the European Patent Office (EPO) will present Europe's policy strategy in biotechnology and the life sciences at the Convention. The joint EU pavilion will highlight the EU’s role in supporting research and innovation in the life sciences and promote Europe as a highly competitive knowledge-based economy with opportunities for research, partnering and business.

UK gives 58% funding boost to science for development Britain's official aid agency is to provide an extra US$90 million for science-related activities over the next three years.

European Federation of Biotechnology
Important personal change

Boerge Diderichsen, Professor, Ph.D., Elected President of EFB in 2001 (and before that Vice-President since 1999), Vice President, Novo Nordisk will step down, a decision which has been communicated to the Executive Board of EFB (ExBo) in January 2005. Thus, as from March 15, 2005, Professor Jeff A Cole of Birmingham University, member of ExBo and Chairman of EFB Section on Microbial Physiology, will be chairman of ExBo until a new EFB President is elected in conjunction with the General Assembly at ECB12 in Copenhagen in August 2005.

Professor Diderichsen have devoted a lot of his time and energy to EFB. EFB has reached several important milestones, such as the establishment of a new Central Office in Barcelona and appointing a new General Secretary.

UN to set up science advisory mechanism
The United Nations is set to take greater account of science in its development efforts by creating a high-level advisory panel and appointing a science advisor to Kofi Annan.

UN suggests countries ban all forms of human cloning
The United Nations member states have voted in favour of a non-binding declaration proposed by Honduras calling for a total ban on all forms of human cloning including therapeutic cloning. The decision, made on March 8 was reached by 84 votes to 34, with 37 abstentions. The main reason for the split vote was that many countries have decided to permit therapeutic cloning despite banning reproductive cloning. China, India and Brazil are among those countries keen to allow such research to continue.
See on this page also in Czech.

WHO 'underestimates malaria threat by half'
The World Health Organization has underestimated by half the number of cases of the deadliest form of malaria, say researchers.

Saudi Arabia approves GM food imports
Authorities in Saudi Arabia have approved imports of genetically modified food products for human and animal consumption.

The Golden Rice in its new breed carries enough pro-vitamin A, about 20 times more than previous experimental plants. In the past debates about the content developers always claimed that - if there would be a problem, this can be solved by modern breeding technology.

See the full declaration of the Golden Rice Humanitarian Board more selected background links to the Golden Rice story: And a bibliography on the scientific literature around the Golden Rice:

Fertilisers directly threaten marine life, says study
A study showing a direct link between nitrogen fertilisers and damaging 'algal blooms' off the coast of Mexico suggests that the problem is set to increase across the global South.

Brazil says 'yes' to GM crops and stem cell research
The Brazilian parliament has passed a controversial law approving both stem cell research and the planting and sale of genetically modified crops.

India's reverse brain drain
Raghunath A. Mashelkar predicts that India is set to be the world's biggest research and development hub, thanks to its 'silent scientific repatriation'. (Source: Science). Talented Indian and Chinese-born scientists, who once flocked to the United States to advance their careers, are finding buoyant conditions closer to home – helping to develop their nascent economies. However, this raises some competitive challenges for mature economies like the USA, according to a recent report.

National science foundation planned for India India has announced plans to spend US$340 million on creating a national science foundation and two science universities.

India increases science budget by 24 per cent
Scientific activities in India have received a major boost with the announcement of a 24 per cent funding increase in the budget for 2005-2006.

US$2 million fund to boost research in Muslim world
The Islamic Development Bank has approved a major increase in funding for its scholarship scheme for scientists in the Muslim world.


SciDev.Net Weekly Update: 7 March 2005
What are the allergenic risks posed by foods produced from GM crops? Could GM technology actually offer a way to prevent food allergies? Our new policy brief explores the issues. Go to

Rising carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious
A Chinese study reveals that rising levels of carbon dioxide boost growth in rice and wheat crops at the expense of nutritive value.

Shape of rare protein reveals HIV vaccine clues
The shape of a rare protein that is highly effective at blocking HIV has been revealed and could lead to a vaccine against the virus.

horizontal rule

Reminder to content type on to