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Platform To Translate Biotech Breakthroughs

A new platform funded with $6.2 million has been launched in India to translate transgenic technology and harness its products to meet the needs of agricultural growth, it was learned from Dr. William Dar, director general of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in India.

The Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops (PTTC) is a collaborative project of ICRISAT and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the government of India. PTTC will serve as a facility of reference to strengthen national, regional and international linkages in transgenic R&D, exchange of materials and information, as well as support training, consultation and technology commercialization.

Speaking at the launching of the project, Dr. Dar said that research breakthroughs in agri-biotechnology hold the potential for increasing crop productivity and the resistance of food crops to pests and diseases, thereby helping solve the food crisis. He stressed that the future food demand cannot be met merely from incremental gains from conventional plant breeding. A quantum change in yield improvement is needed, such as that which occurred during the Green Revolution.


Biotechnology Enables Production of Disease Free Rootcrops

Production of disease-free planting materials of rootcrops can be possible with identification of protein biochemical markers that can be used in characterizing the state of the tissue or plant through protein profiling.

This was learned from the study of Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin and Zenaida T. Ecleo of the Leyte State University entitled “Differential display protein profiling of some common production and postproduction problems in rootcrops.”

The researchers said that protein expression profiling is a powerful tool in the discovery of proteins associated with the biochemical state of a sample in response to a certain stimuli.


Biotechnology : The Future of Agriculture

The study of plants and animals in the cellular and gene levels can help address our food security problems.

Food security and sufficiency are the major concerns of the agriculture sector. Amidst our growing population and the current economic crisis, several programs have been introduced by both the government and other agricultural institutions to boost the production of different products that could address these issues.

One such program being introduced to the farming sector is biotechnology, a term that refers to any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives to make or modify products or processes for specific use.



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