Biovegen notes a growing interest in agricultural R&D projects

Tue 12/11/2019 by Richard Wilkinson

Biovegen has seen a growing interest in stakeholders engaging in innovative research projects for agriculture. The Spanish technology platform for plant biotechnology is a public-private partnership, led by the business sector, which brings together entities from the agrifood sector with an interest in R&D&i in applied plant biology.

The platform organised a day at Fruit Attraction in Madrid in partnership with the INIA (National Institute of Agricultural and Food Technology and Research), where it made more than 200 contacts with researchers and companies interested in their projects, thereby confirming a growing “effervescence and interest” in the fruit and vegetable sector for R & D & I projects. This is how the president of this platform is dedicated to building bridges between agricultural technology suppliers and plaintiffs, José Pellicer, who also values ​​“the important global offer but adapted to the needs of each region” exposed during the aforementioned working day. Indeed, throughout that morning of October 23, the directors or senior executives of eight of the autonomous centres of the R & D & I network that INIA coordinates (the CBGP of Madrid; the IFAPA of Andalusia; the APPOINTMENT of Aragon; INAGEA of the Balearic Islands; the IRIAF of Castilla La Mancha; the IRTA of Catalonia; the IVIA of the Valencian Community and NEIKER of the Basque Country) presented their main strategic and research lines. More than 300 entrepreneurs, private researchers or representatives of centres from all over Spain filled the Fruit Forum 4 room to the point that the director of the fair, Raúl Calleja – who participated in the opening of the meeting – acknowledged that these Biovegen conferences are all “a pride” for this fair “because R&D is the added value that we seek to offer to the business activity that we gather here.”

Key facts

  • The evolution of this platform, dedicated to mediating between research and agrifood companies, accredits this reactivation: in 2014 it had 43 associates, today there are 104

  • The Conference Attraction Technology Attraction ’by the hand of INIA, filled the room and attracted 300 researchers, responsible for agricultural centres and entrepreneurs

  • Eight directors of the main agricultural centres coordinated by INIA presented their main lines of action, adapted to the needs of their autonomous community

TAGS: Biovegen, platform, agricultural research

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