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BMEL Frameworkprogramme 2002


Initiator: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

For the execution of their duties and for the implementation of policy objectives in the nutrition, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries policy the BMEL requires scientifically sound basis for monetary policy decisions and solutions. The resulting research needs are determined in this research plan in the form of so-called main objectives and main tasks of the research department. The research plan is an instrument of research management of the BMEL. It serves the research institutes within the scope of the BMEL to adjust the thematic focus to the tasks and political priorities of the ministry. Since the research plan targets the entire BMEL research suggests it also serves as the basis for the award of research contracts to institutions outside their own division for research promotion of the Ministry.

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Field of research:

1) Health consumer protection through improved food and product safety

Sub-fields of research:

1.1 Development of scenarios of effects and approaches to combating microbial and material risks

1.2 Development of methods for identification and characterization of risks of unwanted substances in food and feed

1.3 Development of methods for quantitative risk assessment

1.4 Development of strategies for risk minimization

1.5 Investigations on hygiene and undesirable substances in food and feed, to identify the causes and procedures to improve the food and feed safety

1.6 Development of monitoring systems to detect adverse health effects in food and animal feed

1.7 Risk and safety research on genetically modified and biotechnologicaly manufactured food and feed

1.8 Acquisition of resistance situation of micro-organisms and development of prevention strategies

1.9 Studies on the influence of animal feed on animal health and production of food

1.10 Studies to improve animal health and performance

1.11 Development and advancement of procedures for animal disease control

1.12 Studies on animal diseases and other infectious diseases in animals

1.13 Studies on diseases from animals to human beings (zoonoses)

1.14 Investigations to prevent the introduction of new or emerging infectious diseases of animals (emerging pathogens)

1.15 Research and development of safe and effective vaccines and diagnostics for animal diseases

1.16 Development and advancement of databases to monitor the health status of animals and plants as well as the movement of animals, animal products and vegetables

1.17 Develop models for risk analysis for animal and zoonotic diseases

1.18 Investigations on the physiology and pathophysiology of the immune system of animals

1.19 Studies on risks associated with materials and products (except food and feed)

1.20 Investigation of migration of substances from consumer goods in food and feed

1.21 Investigation of the transition of substances from consumer goods by skin contact or by breathing the air

Field of research:

2) Protection and improvement of product and process quality of food and other products

Sub-fields of research:

2.1 Development of chemical, physical, sensory and microbiological methods for the characterization of product constitution and to evaluate the quality of food

2.2 Evaluation studies for the estimation of introduced new technological and biotechnological processes for the production, loading and processing of agricultural products

2.3 Investigations to assess and improve the quality of agricultural products, food and other products through the entire process chain

2.4 Investigations into the legal framework influence on the quality of agricultural products and foodstuffs

2.5 Breeding research to improve the quality of agricultural products and evaluation studies of breeding procedures

2.6 Studies to improve animal welfare in animal husbandry, live use, animal transport and slaughter

2.7 Creation of scientific basis for the approval of veterinary drugs

2.8 Development of alternative methods to animal testing

2.9 Investigations to improve the recycling economy and resources efficiency, including Life Cycle Assessment

2.10 Development and advancement of environmentally friendly practices in the loading and processing of agricultural products

Field of research:

3) Healthy diet, improving the nutritional behaviour and nutrition information

Sub-fields of research:

3.1 Studies on nutrient needs and metabolic processes of humans

3.2 Investigations of the effects of nutritional foods and food ingredients

3.3 Investigations to assess the influence of fermentation organisms and food ingredients on the gut flora

3.4 Collection of information on nutritionally active substances

3.5 Investigations of the bioavailability of food ingredients

3.6 Studies on the health and medical effects of diet, including food allergies and intolerance

3.7 Advancement of approaches to monitoring procedures in nutrition issues

3.8 Investigations on disease prevention through nutrition

3.9 Investigations into the dietary habits of consumers and to nutritional information

Field of research:

4) Protect the economic interests of consumers and improve consumer information

Sub-fields of research:

4.1 Investigations to determine the reasons of consumer behaviour

4.2 Investigations into the information behaviour of consumers

4.3 Studies on the influence of advertising and similar practices

4.4 Investigations and approaches to improve market transparency for the consumer

4.5 Development of concepts for the protection of consumers against misinformation

4.6 Investigations of identification systems, rules on consumer information and other measures to improve production and product transparency

Field of research:

5) Sustainable agriculture, forestry and fishing a) Focus: Ecological aspects of sustainability

Sub-fields of research:

5.1 Risk and safety research on the release of genetically modified organisms and invasive species

5.2 development and advancement of techniques in organic farming

5.3 Investigations to improve the market position of organic farming and organic products

5.4 Development of environmental and sustainability indicators

5.5 Investigations on the impact of climate change on forests, agriculture and fisheries

5.6 Inventory and evaluation of harmful emissions from agriculture and food industry, contributions from the agriculture, forestry and timber industry, including the processing industry to climate protection, and development and advancement of methods to

5.7 Investigations to improve the market position of renewable resources

5.8 Investigations for the collection, conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in agricultural ecosystems, forests and seas

5.9 Evaluation and conservation of genetic resources in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food industries

5.10 Breeding research to improve the sustainability of agricultural production, in particular to improve the resistance, nutrient uptake and performance of the crops

5.11 Development of breeding methods to increase the genetic diversity and biodiversity

5.12 Investigations on the biology of pests of plants and plant products, including research on disease patterns and causes, pathogenesis and epidemiology, diagnosis and prognosis and to disease and pest resistance in plants

5.13 Studies on good practice in agriculture in the areas of arable and Agronomy, including soil cultivation and fertilization.

5.14 Studies on good practice in agriculture in plant protection and impact assessment

5.15 Studies on good practice in agriculture in the area of agricultural technology, including energy saving

5.16 Identification, evaluation and impact assessment of the impact of different agricultural production systems on the environment

5.17 Investigations to the development of sound, sustainable and natural forestry and forest reproductive material

5.18 Collection and assessment of forests to state and functions as well as studies of stress and its effects and developing forecasts, including model development as the scientific basis for international processes

5.19 Investigations on the dynamics and management of wildlife populations

5.20 Investigations on the sustainable management of living marine resources on the basis of the precautionary principle

5.21 Investigations on the whale protection

5.22 Investigations to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Field of research:

5) Sustainable agriculture, forestry and fishing b) Focus: Economic and social aspects of sustainability

Sub-fields of research:

5.23 Investigations on the situation of global food security

5.24 International competition analyses of agriculture, forestry and fishing and associated processing industry

5.25 Studies on the influence of product and production standards on international agricultural trade

5.26 Studies on the interaction between production, processing, trade and consumer

5.27 Studies on the structural impacts of legal, political and economic conditions

5.28 Studies of the effect of market measures

5.29 Studies to improve the market position of the German producers and development of agri-relevant markets

5.30 Investigations on environmental economics

5.31 Improvement information provision and management

5.32 Studies on economic issues at the level of agricultural, forestry, fishing and nourishment businesses

5.33 Development of methods and concepts to prevent animal and plant diseases

5.34 Investigations of the timber revenue to mobilize the reserves and to increase the use of wood

5.35 Further development of labor and health in agriculture sector

5.36 Investigations on the operating succession and professional qualification in the agricultural sector

Field of research:

6) Prospects for agriculture and rural areas

Sub-fields of research:

6.1 Economic and environmental impact assessment policy

6.2 Typing of rural areas

6.3 Analyses on land use change, evaluation of land-use conflicts, projection of land use

6.4 Analyses of changes in rural life and working conditions, in particular the target groups women and youth

6.5 Analyses of transport and communications infrastructure and to the education offered in rural areas

6.6 Analyses of employment structure and alternatives in rural areas

6.7 Investigations of the village development and conversion of agricultural buildings

6.8 Investigations into alternative, socially flanking possibilities of structural transformation of agriculture and forestry

6.9 Economic studies on the preservation and maintenance of cultural landscapes and forests in terms of environmental protection and recreation

6.10 Studies of socio-economic impacts of biotechnological and genetic engineering procedures

6.11 Studies on effects of EU, national and international programmes for rural development, including agri-environment schemes and the contribution of joint tasks

6.12 Analysis of success factors for sustainable rural development

6.13 Development of rural areas in the EU accession countries, impact on the European and German agriculture

6.14 Investigations to the development of newer technologies to ensure the competitiveness of companies in an international context

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