The following sections contain condensed reports on the government ministries and institutes, universities, companies, and societies visited. (More extensive reports were prepared that contain background information and brief descriptions of each organization's current interests and research programs on biodegradable polymers. Information on cooperative programs and names and addresses of contact persons, where appropriate and available, also were included. These full reports may be published by the Department of Commerce in the future.) See the Table of Contents for a full listing of these sites.