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President of the European Commission visits NIAB in Cambridge

18 February 2011

President José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, toured NIAB as part of a visit to Cambridge to see how European funding is helping to strengthen the city’s reputation for world-leading innovation, particularly in plant and environmental research and technologies. President Barroso saw how the InCrops project is helping entrepreneurs exploit the versatility of crops to make environmentally-friendly products and reduce natural waste. Projects showcased to the President included a machine designed to rapidly harvest hemp and a new range of materials made from natural fibres currently being used in the automotive and construction industries.