D-Day for Genetic Resources in Europe?


The second day of the Annual Meeting in Lisbon was filled with sections meetings, with the topic of the day being the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol in the EU.
The morning started with the Maize section covering issues such as GMO and New Breeding Techniques, the PRM package (Plant Reproductive Material, Plant Health and Official Controls) and Seed Treatment. Before the lunch break, participants took part in the Oil and Fiber Plants Section with presentations on topics like the status of Seed Treatment in Europe and the European Bioenergy policy.
In the afternoon, Section Forage Plants & Amenity Grasses saw a presentation on the topic of the day – D-Day for Genetic Resources was joined by a press release from ESA claiming the “breeding progress will be seriously hampered in the future by the EU Regulation. Especially our small companies which form the vast majority of Europe’s seed sector will find this impossible to comply with.” (Garlich von Essen, Secretary General). The SFG meeting also covered Minor Uses in seed treatment a new ISTA Membership Category for the Seed Sector.
To conclude the first day of meeting, Section Cereals and Pulses discussed issues such as the functioning of ESTA work and the current situation of the CPVR revision, unit patent, Broccoli & Tomato.
In the evening, ESA’s Board and Honorary Guests met in the city for the traditional dinner, which counted, with the participation of the Portuguese Secretary of State of Food and Agri-food Research Nuno Vieira e Brito.
On Tuesday, the Annual Meeting reaches a conclusion with the two last section meetings, Potatoes and Vegetables & Ornamentals, and the General Assembly.