Plants for the Future
The European Technology Platform (ETP) 'Plants for the Future' is a stakeholder forum for the plant sector, including plant genomics and biotechnology, that was initiated by the European Commission in 2003. It provides a 20-year vision and a short-, medium- and long-term Strategic Research Agenda for Europe’s plant sector setting out a consensus on the research needed to fulfil the vision.
Its members come from industry, farmer organisations, academia and other stakeholder groups. It was supported by the European Commission via a Specific Support Action under FP6 until July 2007 and the major public and private stakeholders in the field. Since April 2008, the Plant ETP is a membership based ETP where all members agreed on the aim, main tasks, structure and budget (including their own contributions) of the ETP for a three year period (2008-2010).
The next step forward
The Plant ETP is in the implementation phase. It's members are developing Action Plans for Research, Innovation and Education. Regarding research, Plant ETP will work with a focus on promoting and advocating strategic research and internationally competitive research.
In addition, EPSO - on behalf of Plant ETP - participates in European projects that develop research strategies for the future, such as the BECOTEPS project (jointly with 8 other ETPs on Bioeconomy) and the STAR-Colibri project (jointly with 4 other ETPs on Biorefineries).
The SRA identifies five challenges for Europe’s society and economy to which the plant sector can contribute: