Wetenschap - 6 februari 1997

English Summary

English Summary

English Summary
  • Agricultural companies are competing for the product that will become the main source of food starch: potato, maize or wheat. Biotechnologists can modify potatoes containing pure amylopectins so that they are easy to process in food products. However, varieties of maize and wheat with pure amylopectins have also been or are being developed. Half of the five-billion-guilder starch business in Western Europe uses maize for starch, and the other half is divided between potato and wheat. An increasing amount of plant biotechnology research is aimed at improving processing in the food chain
  • Ten of the eighteen educational programmes at the WAU are to be extended from four to five years. The course committees have to include a design course that prepares students for the labour market afterwards. The committees are now facing problems with the composition of these courses. The Department of Agricultural Education wants general design courses for all the programmes, but the committees want separate courses for each programme. The problem with separate courses is that they are too expensive. Designing a design course is a difficult task
  • Citizens of Wageningen discuss the city's future in workshops, exploring scenarios for increasing employment, improving transport, developing the knowledge centre and extending recreational facilities. While the university competes internationally, the local shopkeepers face competition from the neighbouring towns of Ede and Veenendaal. An important question that needs answering is whether Wageningen should rely solely on highly skilled employment in the agricultural sector or whether the town's harbour should be extended to provide low-income jobs as well
  • Dutch Minister for Agriculture Jozias van Aartsen is facing difficulties finding a new chair for the knowledge centre Wageningen, which will encompass the WAU and the DLO agricultural research institutes. The minister tried to appoint a candidate in January, but after consulting the WAU and DLO advisory committees the list of candidates contains no names. Observers expect the appointment of the new chair to be made in early May

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