The BMEL funds departmental research by 4 federal research institutions and supports
furthermore six institutions of the Leibniz association, the Federal Institute for Risk
Assessment (BfR) and the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ). The overall structure
of departmental (agricultural) research in Germany is relatively well known.
The state ministries of agriculture have a dual role as they are in charge of state
departmental research institutions but also have responsibility for education and in some
states for the extension services. The private sector plays a considerable role in agricultural
research, with almost 400 private sector organisations being involved in agricultural and
food research according to the FISAonline data base . Unfortunately this can hardly be
substantiated by data on private research expenditure levels.