Ministry has found funding to keep genetic research going. Institutes must go.
The ministry has now found 2 million euros after all, outside the top sector budget, says Ernst van den Ende, director of the Plant Sciences group. Since the government is responsible for 50 percent of the project funding, and the companies had already agreed to their share of the funding, this means the 4 million needed for follow-up research will be available in 2013. The research on propagation material for plant breeding will be organized differently, as the institutes are to go. Which projects will continue in 2013 has still to be determined in consultation with the business sector.
This is a relief for Wageningen plant researchers in these uncertain times. Because funding for Wageningen research from the product boards is under threat too. The new cabinet has decided to scrap these boards and it is not clear what is to happen to their research and development tasks. The product boards spent about 17 million euros on research assignments for Wageningen UR in recent years.