AgroBioTechnikum – New centre for Biogenic Resources in BioCon valley, Germany
On November 22, 2004, the new Competence Center for Biogenic Resources was opened by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Till Backhaus, and by the Minister of Economy, Dr. Otto Ebnet, Mecklenburg- Vorpommern in Gross Luesewitz near Rostock, Germany. The highly specialized AgroBioTechnikum offers outstanding conditions for start-up companies and research groups and the settlement of new businesses in green biotechnology. The operating company is the biotech network BioCon Valley.
Gross Luesewitz offers a long tradition in agrobiotechnological research. The Federal Centre for Breeding Research on Cultivated Plants, the genebank of potatoes of the Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research and further companies operating in the field of plant breeding and pest management are located here.
A total amount of 8.5 million Euro has been invested in the AgroBioTechnikum, funded by the State and Federal Government within the joint task for the Improvement of the regional economy structure, as well as by the European funds for regional development (EFRE) and by the Municipality of Sanitz.
The Technikum accommodates three large laboratories and the entire central building and climate control system within its 170m² floor space. The green house (1 000m² ) is comprised of differently sized cabins for experimental research. The 565m² multipurpose hall is linking the 260 hectare agricultural land for field-testing and the research facilities of the center. Located in the hall are a cooling room, rooms for machinery and storage, and a multipurpose drying room.
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Source: Heinrich Cuypers, ScanBalt web-editor
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