By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 16: The DBT Programme Support Centre, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, in collaboration with Gifu University, Japan, DBT-AAU Centre, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, the Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati, University of Science and Technology (USTM), Meghalaya, is organizing an intertiol symposium on plant biotechnology for crop improvement (ISPBCI-2017) at IIT Guwahati from 20-21 January 2017.
ISPBCI-2017 will bring together the leading plant biologists and agricultural researchers across the globe to discuss and address the vital issues of maging diseases and implications of global climate change such as drought, salinity, acid soil and nutrient deficiency and to bring about holistic research based solutions for improvement in crop production. The organizing secretary of ISPBCI-2017, Prof. Lingaraj Sahoo from IIT Guwahati conveyed that IIT Guwahati has made a collective effort with AAU Jorhat, Gauhati University, Assam University, Tezpur University and Cotton College State University to hold this important symposium.
In addition to intertiolly acclaimed agricultural scientists, the R & D chiefs of many seed, biopesticide and biofertilizer companies, including MAYHCO, Cadila Agribio and Bio-Tox, are going to participate in building multilateral partnerships in Northeast India for translatiol crop research and finding solutions. Prof. Hiroyuki Koyama from Gifu University, Japan, Prof. Berrd Carroll from The University of Queensland, Australia, Prof. Dr. Jennifer Ann Harikrish from University of Malaya, Malaysia, Prof. Junpei Takano from Osaka Prefecture University, Japan, Prof. Takashi Ikka from Shizuoka University, Japan, Prof. Byeong-ha Lee from Sogang University, South Korea, Prof. Kou-Cheng Peng from tiol Dong Hwa University, Taiwan are going to speak on the relevance of biotechnological intervention to solve the most emerging problems in agriculture. Dr. Sunil Kumar Mukherjee, Senior Consultant for Agriculture in North Eastern Region-Biotechnology Programme Magement Cell (NER-BPMC) of Department of Biotechnology of Government of India is coorditing this important event. An industry-academia conclave is also scheduled in aegis of this symposium to facilitate interaction meeting with young researchers and students. A scientific exhibition is also arranged to highlight the bioresources of Northeast India.