4 August 1995

Boost for crop alternatives

ALTERNATIVE crop research received a boost this week with the launch of a new initiative from the NFU and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

The Alternative Crops Technology Interaction Network (ACTIN), launched by farm minister Douglas Hogg, aims to promote research through improved communication between academics, industry and government.

NFU deputy president Ben Gill said ACTIN would act as a go-between for all sections of the alternative crops sector. It aims to set up databases of all current research and development projects and the main users of alternative crop products.

The initiative, funded by BBRSC and industry representatives, is planned initially to run for three years. With additional sponsors it plans to have an annual budget of £200,000.