May 10, 2023 | 10.00 - 11.45 a.m. | INDUSTRY FORUM

Organizer: Wissenschaftskreis Genomik und Gentechnik e.V. (WGG)

New genomic techniques (NGT) such as CRISPR/Cas make it possible to modify and adapt the genetic material of crop plants in a targeted and precise manner. Scientists see these innovative methods as an important building block to complement classical breeding in the future. Their application makes it possible to overcome the limitations of classical plant breeding and thus contribute in many ways to a more sustainable agriculture adapted to the consequences of climate change.

So far, however, the use of NGT has been bound by the strict rules of European genetic engineering law, which dates back to 2001. But the EU Commission sees very great sustainability potential in NGT - and is seeking to reform the regulation of these techniques.

During the moderated session followed by a discussion, expert scientists will explain the potential of NGT to address future challenges to plant breeding and illustrate promising approaches and objectives based on specific projects. In addition, aspects of the regulatory debate within the EU will be highlighted and the prospects for future exploitation of the potentials will be discussed.