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Biotechnology: Research

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which research projects his Department has conducted on agricultural biotechnology in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost was in each case. (146079)

[holding answer 28 June 2007]: Since its commencement in 2004, the DTI’s Technology Programme has offered support for research in agricultural biotechnology for one project, which is called “Contained Agronomy for the Production of Plant Based Pharmaceuticals”. The project is forecasting project costs of £787,000 and has been offered support of £393,000.

Two research projects that are considered to fall into the definition of agricultural biotechnology were directly funded by the DTI as opposed to the Research Councils, in the past 10 years.

A project under the LINK scheme ran between 1999 and 2004 on “Phytoremediation: an integrated approach to the decontamination of polluted soils”. The grant awarded by the Department was £133,000.

In 2004 the DTI moved support for research projects into the Technology Programme. Since its commencement in 2004 the Programme has offered support for one project in this area, “Contained Agronomy for the Production of Plant Based Pharmaceuticals”. The grant awarded by the Department was £394,000 for a three-year project that started in 2005.