Correspondent Profile

National Correspondent Name:Prof. Dr. Gabi Krczal
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Country: GERMANY
Organisation:RLP AgroScience GmbH (a non-profit research Ltd with the State of Rhineland-Palatinate as only shareholder)
Number of Members: 70
IAPB related activities if any that you organise within your country/region e.g local meetings: (2011 International Phytoplasmologist Working Group Meeting (IPWG), 2009 International Conference on Viruses and other Graft transmissible Diseases of Fruit Crops (ICVF)), several COST meetings, e.g. trans-COST Workshop on Value Communication of Novel Agro-technologies Science Communication in 2011, trans-COST Workshop on Workshop on Science Commercialization in 2012, several national meetings with a focus on virus and phytoplasma diseases
Conferences/events/meetings that you plan on attending this year or early next year:Meeting of the German Agrarforschungsallianz (Dafa) Meeting of the delegaters of VBIO (Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin – Association of Biology, Biological Sciences and Biomedicine) Next Meeting of the COST Action “Modifying plants to produce interfering RNA”
A short piece about the plant science sector/industry in your country:
Germany is place of a competitive and innovative plant research community, active in the fields of plant molecular genetics, classical genetics, plant breeding for crop improvement, development of new techniques to evaluate, manage and control disease, determination of how climate change affect plant growth, development, yield, and plant-soil and plant-pathogen interactions. However, German society remains conflicted regarding agricultural biotechnology and this is reflected in mixed government policies and messaging. For innovative biotechnologies, such as genome editing, there is an approach to recognize its great potential with more efficient, faster, and more cost efficient breeding favoring objective facts based evaluations. In the industrial sector green biotech is of minor importance, most of the players being active in the field of red biotechnology. German seed companies such as Bayer Crop Science, BASF, and KWS develop GE plants or crops. However, their production sites and markets are outside of Europe. They supply biotech seeds to farmers worldwide from production sites outside of Europe. KWS, for example, is a leading supplier of GE sugar beet seeds used by U.S. farmers. Any other comments that you feel are appropriate for our audience Learning from the GM debate, it is plausible to argue that other novel biotechnological strategies are likely to be regarded as problematic risk technologies as well. If scientists only offer facts, but do not address the value laden structures of citizens´ perception as well, communication will fail. Therefore science/scientists have to develop strategies for successful communication in the food sector taking into account the value-laden risk and benefit discussion within the public opinion.