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BMEL Frameworkprogramme 2008


Initiator: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Funding programmes: BMEL - Core funding, BMEL - Decision Support project, BMEL - Pilot and demonstration projects, BMEL - Research projects in agriculture for environmental protection, BMEL - ERA-Net, BMEL - Inventories, Surveys, BMEL - Strategy for protein crops

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) A healthy diet, improving the nutritional behaviour and nutrition information

Sub-fields of research:

1.1 Nutritionally effective investigations of substances and for the nutritional impact of food and food ingredients

1.2 Studies on the health effects of diet, individual food and food ingredients, including allergies and intolerances

1.3 Development of monitoring procedures and their implementation in nutrition issues

1.4 Studies on information and communication behaviour of consumers and the development of strategies for effective nutrition communication

1.5 Determinants of nutritional behaviour, including studies on diseases associated with malnutrition and lack of physical activity and effectiveness of ratio- and behaviour-preventive measures

1.6 Studies on nutrition and health messages in the marketing of food and warnings

Field of research:

2) Sustainable agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fisheries and food industries, developing the potential of renewable resources

Sub-fields of research:

2.1 Evaluation and conservation of genetic resources in agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, forestry, fisheries and food sector and investigation of plant and animal genetic resources in their breeding and agronomic suitability

2.2 Studies on the collection, conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity in agricultural ecosystems, forests, oceans and inland waters

2.3 Breeding research, including development and evaluation of breeding methods to improve the sustainability of agricultural production, in particular to improve the quality of herbal products, the resistance to biotic and abiotic harms, nutrient uptake

2.4 assessment of genetic determined characteristics of plant varieties and advancement of methods for genotypic distinction of plant varieties and development of phenotypic criteria, which describe the selection progress in agricultural and horticultura

2.5 Breeding of high quality and climatically adapted Vine and fruit varieties with high resistance to biotic and abiotic harms

2.6 Advancement of environmentally sound, socially and economically viable production, storage, loading and processing of products of agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fisheries

2.7 Risk and safety research on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their release, including development of concepts and strategies for monitoring and research of GMOs to ensure the coexistence of agricultural production systems with and without the

2.8 Investigations and assessments on the impact of invasive alien species

2.9 Risk based phytosanitary research and evaluation of organisms harmful to plants and plant products as well as to develop scenarios as a basis for future management decisions and the advancement of concepts and procedures for monitoring their implement

2.10 Investigations and assessments on the impact of the application of agri-relevant substances (such as pesticides, veterinary medicines, fertilizers) on the environment

2.11 Acquisition 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

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

2.13 Investigations on the dynamics and management of wild animal populations, including hunting

2.14 Investigations on the biology, diagnosis and prognosis of pests and abiotic damage to plants, plant products, food, feed, renewable primary products and wood

2.15 Studies for the prevention and control of animal diseases as well as the economic consequences of animal diseases

2.16 Studies to reduce risks for humans, animals and the natural balance which may arise from the use of pesticides and plant protection procedures

2.17 identification, assessment and impact analysis of the effect of different production systems of agriculture, horticulture, forestry, timber, fisheries and food industries in terms of sustainability, including studies ecobalance accounting and environ

2.18 Development and advancement of strategies to improve production procedures of changed climate conditions or conservation of natural resources for good agricultural practice in conventional agriculture, in organic farming and aquaculture

2.19 Investigations for the protection of inland water ecosystems and sustainable use of aquatic resources in the inland waters

2.20 Investigations and surveillance (monitoring) to protect marine ecosystems and the sustainable management of living marine resources

2.21 Collection and assessment of the burden of marine organisms through biological pollutants and their effects, radioactivity monitoring in biota

2.22 Development and advancement of strategies and assessment procedures for integrated chemical and biological monitoring of aquatic ecosystems

2.23 Studies of the interaction between production, processing, trade and consumers at the national, European and international markets to improve the market position and the information service of the German producer

2.24 National and international, macro-and microeconomic analysis of competitive agriculture, horticulture, forestry, timber, fisheries and food industries, including renewable raw materials and products of organic farming

2.25 Studies on the effectiveness, accuracy and side effects of policies such as direct payments (including cross-compliance), compensatory allowance, agri-environment, environmental legislation and market regulation measures and product as well as produc

2.26 Studies on the volume of timber and agricultural biomass, to mobilise use and production reserves and to increase the use of wood and agricultural raw materials, including new production processes and products

2.27 Analysis and assessment of the impact of rising material and energy use of renewable resources and appropriate support to the food and feed market and the competition of material and energy use

2.28 Studies on economic issues in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fisheries and food industries

2.29 Studies on labour and health protection as well as on professional qualifications in the agricultural sector

2.30 Investigations on the situation and securing of global nourishment

Field of research:

3) prospects for rural areas

Sub-fields of research:

3.1 Economic, social and environmental impact assessment policy, including analysis of the overall system of rural development policies such as agri-environment programs

3.2 Analysis of the dissimilarity of rural areas and their classification as a basis for the formulation of region- and demand-compatible orientation of the policy for rural areas

3.3 Studies on the demographic development and changes in the living and working conditions in rural areas, to design and control means to secure the general interest as well as the infrastructure and socio-economic development in rural areas

3.4 Studies on growth and employment and the development of employment and value-added potential in rural areas

3.5 Investigations of endogenous development processes of the regional networks and opportunities for civic engagement as well as regional self-development processes and ways of its support

3.6 Analyses and projections of the land use change, evaluation of land-use conflicts, strategies for the reduction of land use by municipal and transport and to optimize land use

3.7 Analyses and projections of change in the use of aquatic systems. Review of land-use conflicts and their effects on fishing locations

3.8 Economic studies on the preservation and maintenance of cultural landscapes, forests and coastal areas in terms of environmental protection and recreation

3.9 Studies on the development of the agri-social security system

Field of research:

4) climate change and adaptation to climate change

Sub-fields of research:

4.1 Analysis of the impact of climate change on agriculture and forestry, horticulture, fisheries, food sector and cultural landscapes, rural areas and aquatic ecosystems, including unwanted emissions inventory (deposition) in the agriculture, forestry an

4.2 Investigations for the characterization, prevention of and fight against climate change induced new or strengthened organisms harmful to plants and abiotic harms, natural contaminants, animal diseases and zoonoses, and if applicable their carrier

4.3 Analysis and development of methods, cultivation systems, products and services for the adjustment of agricultural economics at changing climate conditions, including their economic and ecobalance assessment

4.4 Inventory of unwanted climate-relevant and air polluting greenhouse emissions from agriculture and food industry, including investigations of the nationwide collection of gaseous emissions from soil and vegetation as well as their assessment

4.5 Development and improvement of methods to reduce unwanted greenhouse emissions from agriculture

4.6 Inventorying the commitment of atmospheric carbon dioxide in underground and above-ground biomass

4.7 Development and advancement of the protection and development of biogenic carbon sinks

4.8 Advancement of renewable resources for sustainable and increased substitution of fossil fuels and fossil / mineral resources and assessment of technological, economic, environmental and social aspects

Field of research:

5) Health consumer protection by improving food and product safety, control of zoonoses

Sub-fields of research:

5.1 Study and development of monitoring systems and analytical methods for identification, characterization and quantitative assessment of risks from unwanted and desirable substances in feed and food, ornamental plants and cut flowers

5.2 Studies on hygiene and general process specific hygiene parameters for food and feed including the development of methods for detection of microbial hazards for the risk assessment of food and the treatment of food in relation to food hygiene along th

5.3 Studies on contaminants and residues in food and feed including risk assessment, exposure assessment of the population and the development of minimization strategies

5.4 Development of concepts and strategies for detection, evaluation, to control and minimize microbiological, chemical and from the particle size of ingredients resulting risks from feed and food (including risks from food and feed content and additives)

5.5 Acquisition of resistance situation of micro-organisms and development of prevention strategies, including minimising the use of veterinary medicines in the animal production and use of new substances to promote performance

5.6 Improvement of production processes, product and process quality in the livestock and food as well as crop production in terms of the safety of food, feed and other products

5.7 Risk and safety research on genetically modified, biotechnical manufactured and new or hitherto little-used food and feed

5.8 Development of models for risk analysis for animal and zoonotic diseases as well as risk assessment and communication for animal diseases and zoonoses

5.9 Development and advancement of methods for diagnosis, prevention and control of animal diseases zoonoses and others, including new or emerging infectious diseases in animals, including vector bourne infectious diseases

5.10 Development of modern diagnostics and vaccines for animal diseases and zoonoses and the development of medicines for diseases in less economically important species such as fish, bees, etc.

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

5.12 Developing strategies for good practice in the feed, feed production, animal husbandry and livestock breeding to secure or improve animal health

5.13 Examination of the effectiveness of pharmaceutical monitoring and enforcement provisions in animal husbandry and exploration of possible impacts of various distribution channels of veterinary medicines on drug safety and consumer protection

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

5.15 Development of crisis scenarios in the field of animal health and plant health, food and feed safety as a basis for future management decisions

5.16 Identification and evaluation of health risks associated with material properties of risks on cosmetic products, tattoo products, tobacco products, allergenic acting plants, plant products and consumer goods as well as development of strategies for r

5.17 Develop methods for studying the migration of substances from consumer goods for exposure assessment and toxicity of chemicals in these products

5.18 Develop methods and strategies for the identification and prevention of biological hazards associated with terrorism

5.19 Development of methods for early risk detection, risk perception and risk impact assessment as the basis for a reasonable risk communication

Field of research:

6) Assurance and improvement of product and process quality of food, feed and other products

Sub-fields of research:

6.1 Development of chemical, physical, sensory and microbiological methods and procedures to characterize the product constitution and to evaluate the quality of food and animal feed and other agricultural products 6.1 Development of chemical, physica

6.2 Studies on the influence of applied and possibly new technological and biotechnological procedural methods, marked structure and legal frameworks in the production chain and the quality of food and feed

6.3 Investigations of the Life Cycle Assessment of food and other agricultural products

6.4 Investigations of private and public brand and quality certifications as well as the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products, foodstuffs and other products and services

6.5 Breeding research to improve the quality of agricultural and horticultural products

6.6 Studies to improve animal welfare in connection with animal husbandry, livestock breeding, live use, animal transport and slaughter

6.7 Development and validation of alternative methods to animal testing

6.8 Development and evaluation of scientific and organizational procedures for traceability and control of the sources of food and other products including those from organic production (for example, using isotopic analysis)

6.9 Studies on the effects of harmful organisms on the internal and external quality of plant and animal products

6.10 Development of concepts and strategies to improve production processes for increasing product and process quality in animal and plant production

Field of research:

7) Economic consumer protection, improving information for consumers

Sub-fields of research:

7.1 Investigations to determine the reasons of consumer behaviour, including the information and communication behavior of consumers

7.2 Studies on the influence of advertising and similar practices

7.3 Investigations and approaches to the possibilities of improving market transparency for consumers in goods and services, including the improvement of product and process transparency within the value chain

7.4 Development of concepts for the protection of consumers against fraud and deception

7.5 Analysis of the institutional, organizational, legal and technical framework of consumer information and opportunities for their further development

7.6 Investigations and concepts for the development of institutional, financial, organizational, legal and technical framework to protect the economic interests of consumers or in the exercise or representation of consumer interests

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