The FAO/ESCORENA European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants is coordinated by the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants in Poznan (Poland) and Prof. Dr. Ryszard Kozlowski has been holding the position of Coordinator since 1989.


There are six Working Groups within the Network:

  • WG/1.Breeding and Plant Genetic Resources,
  • WG/2 Extraction and Processing,
  • WG/3. Economics and Marketing,
  • WG/4. Quality,
  • WG/5. Non-Textile Applications,
  • WG/6. Biology and Biotechnology.

The Groups have got chairmen from Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Belgium, UK and USA. The Network is represented in South America, in North America and in the Middle East and China.

A new structure of Working Groups is planned for the reorientation of the Network activities in order to respond better to the new market demands and change in the environmental conditions.