German federal research reorganises
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
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
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 reorganisation 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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