Co-Extra Partners

To achieve its multi-dimensional objectives, the Co-Extra consortium has gathered a truly multidisciplinary partnership covering all of the competences that are needed to address co-existence and traceability issues from seed to consumer: biology, organisation modelling, decision mathematics, statistics, reliability, computation and detection methods.

The teams that participate to the consortium are acknowledged by their excellence in the domains of GMO detection and co-existence between GM, conventional and biological crops. Most of them are or were collaborating in large international programmes such as QPCRGMOFOOD, GMOChips, SIGMEA, etc. A large part of the Co-Extra partners are also members of several standardisation bodies.

Last but not least, the Co-Extra consortium also comprises several industrial companies including biotechnology-specialised companies. They will provide the project with the industry’s point of view on the one hand, and their expertise on dialogue with stakeholders on the other hand.

List of partners


Joint Research Centre (JRC) ( )
The mission of the JRC is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of EU policies. As a service of the European Commission, the JRC functions as a reference centre of science and technology for the Union. Close to the policy-making process, it serves the common interest of the Member States, while being independent of commercial or national interests.


European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law (ECTIL) (
ECTIL was founded in Vienna at the beginning of 1999. One of its objective is to do legal and comparative legal research in the field of national, international and common European tort and insurance law and of the unification of European tort and insurance law. As part of Work Package 7 within this consortium, ECTIL will produce a study on liability and other compensation models for losses caused to third parties in the food and feed supply chain such as consumers. It will further analyse the extent to which environmental liability may be triggered by GM farming and distribution. Cross-border aspects of litigation will equally be addressed.


Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (INTA) (
INTA is a public research and extention Institute founded in 1956. Forty two experimental stations, 240 extension and technology transfer units, and 12 national research institutes, enable INTA to contribute substantially to production and managerial change processes the Argentine farming sector needs to be able to compete in the world's new production and marketing scenario.


Centre wallon de recherches agronomiques (CRA-W) (
The Centre wallon de recherches agronomiques is a Belgian public leading scientific institution established in 1872 depending since recently from a regional authority. CRA-W works at regional, national and international (mainly inside EU) level whose main business activities are fundamental research and routine analyses (chemical, molecular biology). CRA-W is a member of ENGL. The Centre participates to the project through the Quality Department of Agricultural products which focuses its research on analytical techniques linked to quality and authentication of agro-food products.
The role of CRA-W in Co-Extra is contribution to WP4 through representativity of the test portion and to WP5 through developing an alternative method (NIR) to PCR.

Agricultural Research Centre - Ghent (CLO)
Since 09.12.2005: The Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research - Technology & Food Unit (ILVO-T&V)
The Agricultural Research Centre (ILVO-Ghent) is a multi-disciplinary research institute made up of 7 departments. All research activities are mainly oriented towards developing sustainable agricultural and fishery systems and controlling the quality and safety of all agricultural and nutritional products. In this context, ILVO fulfils a pioneer role in support of a forward-looking agricultural policy. The Unit Technology and Food (T&V) hosts a section on applied plant biotechnology research (molecular markers and genetic modification) and peforms breeding of ornamentals as well as outdoor vegetables and fodder crops.
Within Co-Extra, ILVO-T&V is responsible to develop strategies for modular validation and for sampling GMs in food and feed supply chains (WP4), develop reliable quantitative PCR methods to detect GMOs and taxa, exploit PCR multiplexing options and develop plasmid standards (WP5), explore anchor PCR approaches to multiplex screening, quantitation and characterisation of unknown GMOs and is responsible for the work related to gene-stacking (WP6).

Eppendorf Array Technologies SA (EAT) (
EAT is a competence centre for development and production of biochips. The company possesses some unique technologies for labelling and design of microarrays, and works on next generation microarrays as well as on new formats (i.e. Bio-CD and multi-well arrays). The company will contribute to the development of new multiplex screening methods of ingredients by providing to this project its expertise in micro array design and high quality production.

Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) (
VIB is a research institute where 850 scientists conduct gene technological research in a number of life-science domains, such as human health care and plant systems biology. Through a joint venture with four Flemish universities and a solid funding program for strategic basic research, VIB unites the forces of nine university science departments in a single institute. Through its technology transfer activities, VIB strives to convert the research results into products for the benefit of consumers and patients. VIB also distributes scientifically substantiated information about all aspects of biotechnology to a broad public.
Within Co-Extra, VIB takes part in WP8 and responsible for the organization of the stakeholders dialogue. VIB will coordinate the stakeholder dialogue meetings that will be organized by the national relays. A stakeholders board will be put in place to work out the general approach for the regional workshops and monitor the activities.

Hogeschool Gent – Department of Biotechnological Sciences (HOGENT) (
HOGENT is an educational research institution and consists of 13 departments, a Center for Applied Research and Services, an 11ha research farm, a 20ha site including a historic park for agriculture and horticulture, different research laboratory on chemistry and biotechnology and a variety of pilot plants for food and feed production, brewery, industrial chemistry,... The Department of Biotechnological Sciences, which covers the education of Bachelor and Master in Bio-sciences, will be partner in the co-extra project. Based on the expertise from an earlier project (financed by the Belgian federal government) in the field of "traceability along the animal feed production chain", HG will participate in WP 2 and 3.

Scientific Institute of Public Health (IPH) (
The Scientific Institute of Public Health is a scientific institute of the federal Belgian State. Its main mission is scientific research in view of support of health policy. It provides also expertise and public service in the field of public health. IPH is represented in the project by the Division of Biosafety and Biotechnology (SBB). SBB provides scientific expertise in relationship with activities involving pathogenic and/or genetically modified organisms. It also performs experimental and normative biosafety research, in particular in the field of qualitative and quantitative detection of GMOs in Food. SBB is a member of the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL). Last but not least, SBB is active since many years in the development and management of Internet-based systems for information sharing in the field of biosafety.
Within Co-Extra, IPH participates in 3 workpackages: WP4 and WP5 (laboratory activities including the development of alternative reference material and of multiplex PCR assays) and WP8 (design, development and maintenance of the Co-Extra website).


Instituto de Tecnologia do Parana - Paraná Institute of Technology (TECPAR) (
Partner from 01.04.2005 to 31.03.2007
TECPAR is located in Curitiba, and has gained national recognition during the course of its trajetory, spanning over 60 years. Attached to the Secretariat of Science, Technology and Higher Education of the Government of Paraná, its mission is to work towards the socio-economic development of the State with innovative technological solutions. Certified with ISO 9001 since 1996, TECPAR provides technological services and products to public and private enterprise of all sizes and areas of activities. TECPAR's research activities involve the contribution of several national and international partner institutions.

Faculdades Integradas do Brasil (Unibrasil) (
Unibrasil Institute for the Science and Culture Development is a non-profit association which aims the educational, scientific and technological development of the Brazilian society by promoting activities on research and in higher education development.
The Institute works in three main areas: 1. Promotion of post-graduate and professional training courses, university extension activities, job and pedagogical training; 2. Development and management of scientific, academic and cultural activities; 3. Production of teaching materials for students in local public schools, training teachers and guidance to parents. Instituto Unibrasil is continually searching to become a reference in local and national policies on social inclusion through education and scientific and cultural development. In order to achieve this purpose, Unibrasil Institute engages, separately or in cooperation with other institutions to execute educational or research services, projects and programs and sets up scholarships; establishes and manages training and professional formation programs to all scholar levels, obtaining public and private resources to provide the achievement of its goals.
Unibrasil Institute works closely with Unibrasil Integrated Faculties in order to provide funds and management to scientific and educational research. Unibrasil research laboratories are supported by Unibrasil Institute by specific agreements.


AgroBioInstitute (ABI) ( rtd/eng/new_page_17.htm)
The AgroBioInstitute is a leading Plant Agro-Biotechnology Center in Bulgaria and Balkan Region. Main business activities of ABI are plant agro-biotechnology research, technology transfer and expertise for the improvement of agriculture and solutions for national and regional agricultural and ecological problems. Within Co-Extra, the AgroBioInstitute is involved into WP1, WP7 and WP8.


Danish Research Institute of Food Economics (FOI) (Since 01.01.2007 UCPH-FOI) (
FOI is a research institute under the Danish Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The Farm Management and Production Systems Division of the Institute, which is involved in this project, is primarily concerned with research related to farm management and production economics. A considerable part of this work is carried out in collaboration with technical and biological research institutions.


Adriant is a company specialised in Consumer Studies and notably in Focus groups, interview, ethnomarketing. Adriant will bring in the French point of view of the consumers and stakeholders by the way of focus group, and help in the dissemination and communication of the results in France and possibly in other French-speaking countries.

ARVALIS – Institut du végétal (ARVALIS) (
Arvalis is in charge of applied research in France on cereals, maize, pulses, potatoes and forage crops. It is run and financed by farmers. The activities include sustainable crop management, precision farming, biotechnology, farm economics, sustainable cropping systems, quality and end uses, safety quality and traceability, statistics. So ARVALIS will work in the frame of WP1: development and validation of biological mitigation techniques, impact and viability of pollen on large distances. It will be a partner in WP2: good understanding of post farm routes for adventitious presence of GM maize from farm to end uses, experience in proceeding industries and in practical decision support by identifying critical points along maize and wheat chain. The transfer of the research results towards farmers and advisors is implemented by different means: publications, meetings, fields days, brochures, initial development of on line decision support software.

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS Paris I) (
CNRS is the large French public research organisation which presents the double characteristics of including all scientific fields within one body with an emphasis upon fundamental research. It includes a division dedicated to human and society sciences. Within Co-Extra, CNRS will contribute to WP7: it will monitor a contribution about regulation concerning GMO coexistence with conventional and organic harvest in accordance with best safety code of practice (precaution principle) at national, European and international level.

Centre technique interprofessionnel des oléagineux métropolitains (CETIOM) (
CETIOM is research institute focussed on agriculture. They will participate to WP1 by testing on rapeseed and sunflower lines. Observations will include: plant development, pest damage, flowering periods, especially the occurrence of anthers and viable pollen, yield and quality, soil analysis, meteorological data will be recorded at each trial site.

Groupe d'Intérêt Public – Groupe d'Etude et de contrôle des Variétés et des Semences (GIP-GEVES) (
GIP-GEVES is the French official technical institute charged for plant varieties testing in the context of the protection of plant breeders' rights and registration and seed testing in the context of certification. As an official organisation for plant variety and seed testing, GIP GEVES is involved in the traceability of plant varieties and seeds. The laboratory BIOGEVES within GIP GEVES develops and uses modern molecular techniques for genotyping plant varieties and seeds diagnostics. It's also one of the pioneer laboratories in France which has been involved in GMO detection, in particular in seeds. GEVES contributes to WP4 within Co-Extra.

Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) (
INRA is a research Institute involved in the several fields of the agronomic research from fundamental to applied sciences. INRA will be coordinating the project, leading WP2 and participating to WP1, WP3, WP4 and WP6.

INRA Transfert (
INRA Transfert is a project management consulting company specialized in the field of innovating technologies arising from agriculture-related research. INRA Transfert's team manages the technology portfolio of INRA and supports development of innovative start-up companies. Through its "European projects" activity, INRA Transfert assists the key players in Research and Innovation in setting up and managing their european research projects and networks. INRA Transfert leads WP0 "Consortium Management". They are in charge of the operational management, the various day-to-day management and coordination tasks. They assist the Coordinator, the Executive Committee and the Management Board in the steering of the Project.

Laboratoire de la Direction générale de la concurrence de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (Labo DGCCRF 67) - Since 01.01.2007: Service Commun des Laboratoires du MINEFI - Laboratoire de Strasbourg (Labo SCL 67) (
Labo DGCCRF 67 is a directorate of the French Ministry of Economy, Finances and Industry which role is the regulation of businesses and the protection of the public against consumer fraud. A network of nine laboratories, within DGCCRF, is in charge of consumers protection by the official control of the commercialised products. A team of "Laboratoire 67" (Strasbourg) is dedicated to the detection and the identification of GMO and the control of food labelling since 1996. Laboratoire 67 is member of the European Network of GMO laboratories (ENGL) and participates to various standardisation programmes. "Laboratoire 67" has a wide experience in DNA extraction and in quantitative (real-time PCR) / qualitative detection by PCR of GMO in seeds, food ingredients, food and feed.


Bundesinstitut fur Risikkobewertung (BfR) (
The BfR is a scientifically oriented and independent superior authority responsible to the Federal Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture in Germany. The BfR was been established in 2002 as one of the successor institutes to the Federal Institute for Health Protection of Consumers and Veterinary Medicine (BGVV). Activities concentrate on an improved protection of the health of consumers. Among other tasks the BfR is the responsible body in Germany for the safety assessment of Novel Foods including foods derived from genetically modified organisms.

Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (BBA) - Since 01.01.2008: Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI) (
JKI is a research institute involved in several fields of agronomic research (basic to applied). It acts as a competent authority in the frame of the German Act on Genetic Engineering. JKI is advising the German Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture in questions of GMO biosafety. Their core activities are research in consumer protection and agronomy for the German Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture. Their role in the project includes WP1 leading and research in WP1.

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung - Institute for Process Engineering & Packaging (Fh-IVV) (
At Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering & Packaging (IVV), Department Process Engineering, an interdisciplinary research group is focusing mainly on the development of protein enriched bulk feed and feed components and the analysis of EU food ingredients supply chains. As a second activity, the development of value added components with more specified bio-activities for animal feed supplementation and food ingredients is pursued.
Fh-IVV is going to act as a partner in WP2. To investigate regional case studies of the whole food and feed chains, identifying EU operators and designing an appropriated questionnaire with WP3 describing and reporting current traceability and segregation systems with respect to pre-selected processing chains in Germany.

GeneScan Analytics GmbH (GeneScan) (
GeneScan Analytics GmbH is a company with 12 years of history in the field of molecular biology analyses of food and was one of the world's first commercial GMO analytical laboratories. GeneScan is specialised on qualitative and quantitative GMO analysis, research and development in the field of GMO and species identification.
Within Co-Extra, GeneScan will be focusing on the aspects of method development in the field of PCR based detection including validation, DNA extraction and streamlining approaches and analytical strategies. Multiplexing of real time PCR approaches as well as automation aspects will be emphasized.

Genius – Biotech GmBH (Genius) (
Genius is a specialised agency for communication and science in the areas of strategy counselling, scientific consultancy, communication and marketing. Special emphasis is laid on plant biotechnology, agricultural economy and food safety.

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (MPG) (
The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, MPG) is an independent, non-profit organisation that promotes basic research in service of the common good. The society maintains about 80 independent Max Planck Institutes involved in the life sciences, natural sciences, and humanities and has more than 12,000 employees in R&D. The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam is one of the biggest research institutes for plant science in Europe.
The MPG will be involved in WP1 and has two major tasks: (i) to provide a report on the evaluation of plastid transformation as containment strategy and (ii) to develop an experimental system to quantitatively evaluate the biosafety of transplastomic plants.

University of Applied Sciences of Weihenstephan (FW) (
The University of Applied Sciences of Weihenstephan, FW, exists since August 1971 and consists currently of seven scientific departments covering biotechnology, agriculture, horticulture, food technology, and agribusiness. Within Co-Extra, FW contributes to WP2 by analysing case studies on technical aspects and organisation of co-existence and traceability systems in the food processing industry in Germany and to WP3 by analysing of cost effects of co-existence and traceability systems in food production and food processing in Germany; investigation of consumers' willingness to pay for GM and non-GM food products in Germany.


National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) (
The National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) is established with the aim of the organisation, the financing or the material or moral support of scientific research projects at the highest level. In its 39 years of operation the NHRF has developed scientific and research activity in the areas of historical research, physics, chemistry, material sciences, biology and biotechnology. It has established and organised the largest library of scientific periodicals of all specialisations in the Balkans (about 1800 titles) and has financed basic research programmes in Institutes of Higher Education, hospitals and the other research organisations in Greece. NHRF participates to the project trough its Office of Communication and Bioethics. The Office of Communication and Bioethics of the NHRF is participating in the WP8 of the CoExtra project. Its role will to be act as a regional partner contributing in the stakeholders survey, analyzing the perception in Greece and conducting the regional monitoring services.


Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali SpA (CRPA SpA) (
The Centro Ricerche Produzioni Animali SpA is a research and consulting organisation dealing with the improvement of the livestock sector and the related agro-food industry by means of research, studies, dissemination and technology transfer actions. CRPA's stakeholders include local public authorities, Chamber of Commerce, the national farmers unions, producers' organisations and PDO consortia. The Centre is organised in eight research units. Components of different groups will take part to Co-Extra. All those group have built up expertise relative to the task afforded in the project: international, national and regional surveys on traceability systems, setting up and managing working groups for editing and approving standards, design and realisation of multilingual information systems for traceability and quality management; economic analysis of supply chains of animal food products in Italy covering livestock farms, processing industry, retailers and consumers.

Istituto superiore di sanita (ISS) (
ISS is the main Italian institute of scientific-technical research, control and advice in public health. Founded in 1934, it has become since 1978 the technical and scientific body of the Italian National Institute of health Service. It is under the authority of the Minister of Health. It carries on different activities for surveillance, control and promotion of public health: research, control and intervention, advice, conferences, courses and publications. ISS laboratory is part of The National Centre for Food Quality and Foodstuff Risks that guarantees the food safety and takes care of food contamination emergencies. The future activities will also concern the consumers risks related to the intake of food additives, spices and the introduction of GMO in the food chain. ISS is also member of the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL), and participates in the CEN activities. Within Co-Extra, ISS contributes to tasks of WP4.

University of Parma (UPAR) ( -
UPAR participates to Co-Extra trough the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Division of Genetics and Environmental Biotechnologies. Since 1999 the team has been involved in national and international research activities dealing with traceability of GMOs in food products, in feed material, and in different phases of the production chain. The main activity has been the development of new markers for detection of GM soy and maize. In parallel, techniques for extracting DNA from food and feed matrices have been applied and ranked, and a thorough study of DNA degradation along food processing steps has been carried out for soy and maize products. Application of the diagnostic markers to high throughput platforms for genotyping (microarray) is currently underway.


RIKILT Institute of Food Safety (RIKILT) (
RIKILT Institute of Food Safety is an independent institute for research on the safety and quality of food products. RIKILT is part of Wageningen University and Research Centre. The institute performs high-quality research for the safety assessment, detection/identification and functionality of (food ingredients in) foods of vegetable and animal origin.

Schuttelaar and Partners (S&P) (
S&P is Dutch-based public relations consultancy, specialising in communications in fields that propel social change. S&P works with multidisciplinary advisory groups. S&P has the following consultancy groups: food, environment, health and genomics. Within Co-Extra, Schuttelaar & Partners is partner in WP8 involved with communication and dialogue. Schuttelaar & Partners will monitor the developments on coexistence and traceability in The Netherlands and Finland and will organize a meeting with stakeholders in The Netherlands.


Matforsk AS (
Matforsk is a private non profit research institute. The organisation covers many different aspects of food research. It main activities are to perform research for the Norwegian Food Industry. The Matforsk contribution will build on the significant competence Matforsk has on PCR and DNA detection methods and development of GMO detection methods. Matforsk will mainly contribute to "Rationalising the analytical procedure, Multiplex quantification of GMO3 in WP6.

National Veterinary Institute (NVI) (
NVI is the Norwegian national reference laboratory for GMO testing. Their main activities are research and advising Norwegian competent authorities and food and feed industries. Within Co-Extra, NVI will be leading the workpackage "Technical challenges of GMO detection". and participating to the workpackages "Sampling and testing approaches" and "Development and integration of detection methods".


Warsaw Agricultural University (SGGW)
Warsaw Agricultural University carries out multi-aspect scientific research directed at solving contemporary problems of national economy especially in the field of agriculture and related areas.


Center Bioengineering Russian Academy of Sciences (CB RAS) (
Center "Bioengineering" the Russian Academy of Sciences was created in 1991. One of the most important trends of the Center is expert participation in the State control and regulation of GMO's, GM - foods and feeds. According to the order of the Government of the Russian Federation the Centre "Bioengineering" performs medical-genetics assessment of novel foods. In frame of this task Center elaborates and develops new methodical approaches to GMO identification taking into account world and European practice.


Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (
Agricultural Institute of Slovenia is a public research institution founded in 1898. At all times, its operations have included research, professional and development, and promotional work. Its present founder is the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. Its foundation rights are asserted through the representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food on the Board of Directors. The status of a public research institution implies a governmental non-profit institution with defined activities in the sense of public service.

Institut "Jozef Stefan" (IJS) (
Jozef Stefan Institute (IJS) is the leading Slovenian research organisation responsible for a wide spectrum of basic and applied research in the fields of natural sciences and technology. The staff of around 800 specializes in such research areas as: physics, chemistry and biochemistry, electronics and information science, nuclear technology, energy utilization and environmental science. In the scope of the Co-Extra project the IJS is represented by the Department of Knowledge Technologies which is specialised in the research and applications of knowledge technologies, including data, text and web mining, machine learning, decision support, language technologies and knowledge management. IJS is involved in WP7 activities and will lead the development of the Co-Extra Decision Support System (DSS) and specifically decision-model development.

National Institute of Biology (NIB) (
National Institute of Biology is a public non-profit organisation performing basic and applied research in the fields of biology, biotechnical sciences and biotechnology, medicine and ecology. The executive department for the project will be the Department of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology. NIB will lead WP5 and contribute to the development of detection methods performed in WP4 and WP6. NIB will also be one of the regional information offices and monitoring and information dissemination services in WP8.


Centro de Investigación en Economía y Desarrollo Agroalimentarios (CREDA)
The Centre for Research in Agro-food Economics and Development (CREDA) is a recent created institute participated by the Polytechnic University of Catalunya (UPC) and the Agricultural Technology Research Institute (IRTA). Current research interests of the team of food demand and consumer focus on the economics of food quality and safety and related policy issues with respect to the consumer, the food industry and trade. Also, the team has a considerable experience in econometric and statistical methods for analysing household purchasing behaviour in structural terms. Thus CREDA's contribution will concentrate on WP3, aiming at analysing the demand side of the co-existence issue.

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) (
CSIC is a governmental research institution in Spain that encloses, among others, the Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona (IBMB). The Molecular Plant Genetics Department from the IBMB has a very strong tradition on molecular biology studies on plants, especially maize, rice, potato, and others. It has developed a number of transgenic plants mainly for research purposes, and has greenhouses officially validated to grow GM plants. This department comprises also the "Servei de Anàlisis Biològiques Quantitatives" (SABQ) for the detection, identification and quantification of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food.


Agro-ProjektManagement (APM)
Partner from 01.04.2005 to 31.03.2007
Agro-PM is a consulting company focussed on agribusiness. They do consider that delivery is a report that will contain extensive information about the state of the art with regard to cms crops and about potential merits and drawbacks of CMS crops that are not covered by the projected field experiments. It, thus, will be a valuable source of information for all the partners in this section (cms crops) of WP1, plant breeders, seed producers, private and public extension service providers, farm advisors, political decision-makers etc.

Biolytix AG (
Biolytix AG is a service laboratory specialized in the real-time PCR technology applied for the detection of genetically modified organisms. Biolytix has been the first service laboratory in Switzerland that offered quantitative real-time PCR GMO detection in 1999. Within Co-Extra, Biolytix will be focusing on the aspects of method development in the field of DNA extraction, validation of rtPCR-systems and analytical ready-to-use strategies. Biolytix participates in Co-Extra as a contractor in one workpackage (WP5).

Delley Semences et Plantes (DSP) ( 02_01_LU.htm)
DSP is a private Swiss breeding company working in the breeding of different species: wheat, triticale, maize, different forage crops, aromatic plants and legumes. DSP will participate in the WP1. DSP will bring in its experience in the testing of cms and xenia effects in maize hybrids (plus-hybrids). Within this research project DSP will examine maize hybrids of very different sources, to examine the applicability of the plus-hybrid strategy in a broad genetic background.

Forschungsinstitut fur biologischen Landbau (FiBL) (
FiBL is research institute dedicated to agricultural economics, organic farming, extension, and dissemination service. The institute has a turnover of 6.5 million Euros and 80 employees. They will be of the main contributors to WP3 with competence on organic farming research with respect to the overall workpackage (labelling, traceability, consumer attitudes) and will specifically be responsible for the case-studies to be performed in CH.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) (
ETH Zurich is a higher education organisation with a staff of 5192 persons. Their main achievements in the past five years include a study about pollen dispersal in maize as well as a study about the superiority of a new type of hybrid mixtures, called Plus-Hybrid, by combining cytoplasmic male sterility and xenia. A new testing system developed in the Plus-Hybrid trials enabled them to contribute to the knowledge base in pollen flow of selected cereals as well as to develop strategies for the containment of GMO pollen. Furthermore they have developed a strategy to monitor large field scale evaluations of (simulated) transgenic pollen dispersal in maize. ETH will participate in the WP1.


LGC is Europe's leading independent analytical laboratory, covering research, validation and consultancy services across a range of business sectors including Food and Agriculture, Forensic, Environment and Healthcare/Consumer protection. LGC is a national centre for analytical science. Biological measurement is focussed within the BioAnalytical Innovation department who have research experience, specialising in the development and standardisation of sensitive and specific analytical procedures using DNA and protein based methodologies including issues of food authenticity and GMO detection. LGC will participate in WP4 'Sampling and testing'.

Lumora Ltd (
Lumora is a new, small, highly innovative Biotech company, developing a new generation of low-cost devices using Nucleic Acid Amplification. The organisation specialise in novel, highly sensitive, low-cost detection systems. Lumora is an IVD company that is developing products for rapid detection of disease, as such its main activity is that of a medical device company.
Lumora's role in the project is development of alternative techniques to PCR based on Nucleic Acid Amplification. In particular, techniques that can be interfaced with luminescent outputs so enabling the construction of simple, fieldable devices capable of identifying specific GM events.

Central Science Laboratory Defra (CSL Defra) (
CSL Defra is an Executive Agency of the UK Government Department Defra (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs). They specialise in the sciences underpinning agriculture for sustainable crop production, environmental management and conservation and in food safety and quality. Arising from the research they carry out is a wide range of analytical, diagnostic and consultancy services designed to support the international land-based and food industries.

National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) (
NIAB is a British Research SME concerned with commercially applicable food and non-food crops and herbs. It is in a unique position of both conducting research into new technologies in plant genetic resources and acting as a bridge to transfer these technologies to industrial end users. Within Co-Extra, NIAB will participate in five workpackages: WP0, WP1, WP5, WP7 and WP8.

Sheffield Institute of Biotechnological Law and Ethics (SIBLE) (
Partner from 01.04.2005 to 30.06.2007
SIBLE is an inter-Faculty institute of the University of Sheffield created in July 1994 as a response to the legal and ethical problems generated by developments in biotechnology.

University of Reading (UREADAE) (
UREADAE participates to the project through the Department of Agricultural and Food Economics. Within it, the Centre for Food Economics Research (CeFER) is responsible for the Department's food-related degrees and carries out research related to food consumers, the structure and organisation of the food industry and international trade (and trade barriers).