24 February 1999
France plans £145m GM research

THE French government announced yesterday a FFr1.4 billion (£145m) venture between the public and private sectors to carry out research into plant genes.

The venture will be based around a new group, Genoplante, to be based at Evry outside Paris.

The five-year budget will be funded 40% by state-run research bodies and 30% by the private sector.

The remainder of the funding will come from the French ministries of agriculture and education.