German federal research reorganises

13-12-2007 | |

In Germany a reorganisation of state (agricultural) research is taking place as from 1 January 2008. The existing seven federal research stations will be concentrated on four federal research institutes.

Currently the Ministry
of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
(BMELV) for its scientific
advisory needs seven federal research agencies, including the Federal Research Institute for Agriculture (FAL),
headquartered in Brunswick accompanied by three outdoor locations.

The tasks of FAL will be divided among three of the four future federal
research institutes. FAL is currently researching in the fields of soil / plant,
animal, engineering and economics along the entire value chain from growing the
raw materials up to the food.

The four future federal research
institutes will each be dedicated to specific aspects of the value chain and the
tasks of FAL are assigned accordingly. The tasks of the FAL-Institute of Animal
Research (animal nutrition, breeding and animal welfare and animal husbandry)
will be joined at the Friedrich-Löffler Institute, Federal Research Institute for
Animal Health headquartered in Grafswald in the north of Germany.

As part
of the reorganization the current research facility in Celle (close to
Brunswick) will be closed. Research on animal welfare and animal husbandry will
move to Mariensee / Mecklenhorst.

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