Int'l Con­fer­ence on Biotech­nol­ogy & Bioin­for­mat­ics in­au­gu­rated at SKUAST-J

The Northlines - - STATE - NL Cor­re­spon­dent Jammu Tawi, Oct 12

Min­is­ter for An­i­mal, Sheep Hus­bandry and Fish­eries, Ab­dul Ghani Kohli, in­au­gu­rated two days' in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence of the So­ci­ety for Bioin­for­mat­ics and Bi­o­log­i­cal Sci­ences on "Re­cent Trends in Bioin­for­mat­ics and Biotech­nol­ogy for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment" be­ing hosted by the Sher-ekash­mir Univer­sity of Agri­cul­tural Sci­ences of Jammu (SKUAST-J), at Fac­ulty of Vet­eri­nary Sci­ences & An­i­mal Hus­bandry, R. S. Pura. The min­is­ter com­pli­mented the univer­sity for or­ga­niz­ing the in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence at Jammu. The con­fer­ence will help in sug­gest­ing a roadmap for ap­pli­ca­tion of bioin­for­mat­ics for en­sur­ing food and live­stock se­cu­rity, said Kohli. He laid em­pha­sis on uti­liz­ing biotech­nol­ogy and bioin­for­mat­ics for cre­at­ing in­no­va­tions in agri­cul­tural sec­tor. In the in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy era, the main­te­nance of bi­o­log­i­cal data is of prime im­por­tance for in­for­ma­tion flow, said Kohli. Prof. Nazeer Ah­mad, vice chan­cel­lor of SKUAST Kash­mir was the guest of hon­our on the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion. In his ad­dress he in­formed that Bt cotton is a suc­cess­ful ex­am­ple of the use of biotech­nol­ogy for re­duc­ing crop losses and in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity of cotton in In­dia. The other suc­cess­ful ex­am­ple of the ap­pli­ca­tion of biotech­nol­ogy is mi­cro prop­a­ga­tion of banana plants.

Prof. M. M. S. Zama, chair­man of the con­fer­ence, pre­sented the wel­come ad­dress and said that around 400 del­e­gates from In­dia and abroad are par­tic­i­pat­ing in this two day in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence. The del­e­gates from Sri Lanka, Tai­wan, Bangladesh, Egypt and Nepal were present at the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion and will be pre­sent­ing their re­search find­ings about uti­liza­tion of bioin­for­mat­ics and biotech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances for crop and live­stock im­prove­ment. The schol­ars and stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in this mega in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence will be ex­posed to the lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions.

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