The European researchers will stay in Paraná from 22 to 27 March. In addition to UniBrasil , the visit will include the Port of Paranaguá, Imcopa Industry (Araucaria), Agraria (Entre Rios) and Castrolanda (Castro) Cooperatives, Cargill (Ponta Grossa), GMO detection laboratories (Curitiba) and conventional soybean farms (Tibagi and Guarapuava).
The Integrated Faculties of Brazil is the only higher institution in Brazil integrating the European Union Co-Extra project, which aims to support the implementation of genetically modified (GM) and conventional crop coexistence and traceability. Its name comes from "GM and non-GM supply chains: their Co-existence and Traceability (Co-Extra).
Early last year Professor Rocha dos Santos was in York, England, representing UniBrasil at the Co-Extra Annual Meeting, when coordinators and researchers established the technical visit project to the state of Paraná in Brazil.
"The technical visit is part of the 2009 Co-Extra Annual Meeting activities beginning in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 15 March, when research reports and results will be submitted to peers and coordinators for discussion," said Rocha dos Santos.
The visit is being organised by the professor and her research colleagues Evelin Lucht and Frederick Glitz, teachers and researchers from the institution and Ana Paula Myszczuk, research fellow for the project.
Co-Extra is a four-year project begun in April 2005. It aims to encourage mechanisms for product traceability from origin to final destination in order to increase consumer confidence in product labelling in the European Union. In Brazil, three working groups deal with soybeans (supply-chain description, traceability costs and legal aspects). The project is scheduled to be concluded in 2009. "At the end of the project, technologies, methods and proposals for regulation will be submitted to the European Community and its commercial partners," said Professor Rocha dos Santos.
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