[BEIJING] China has announced a National Agricultural Biosafety Science Centre to fend off invasive species and trace the potential impacts of genetically modified crops.
The US$17.75 million centre is one of a dozen big science projects planned by the Chinese government. The plans were announced this week (25 February) by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which is responsible for nearly all major investment from the central Chinese government.
The biosafety centre will comprise laboratories to investigate high-risk plant pathogens, insects and invasive plants, as well as quarantine facilities. It will be run by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and is due to open in 2009.
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