UK-Malaysia Collaborate on Plant and Microbial Research

The John Innes Center (JIC) in the United Kingdom through its trading subsidiary John Innes Enterprise Limited will collaborate with the Malaysian Genomics Resource Center Berhad (MGRC) on functional genomics.

"We hope the collaboration will benefit Malaysian agriculture by increasing access to plant and microbial science for tropical crop improvement," said JIC director Professor Dale Sanders. "Joint research will also help the country realize the potential of its biodiversity by identifying natural products that could be used in the bioactives sector."

Malaysian scientists will have access to JIC's expertise in disease resistance, plant genetics, and natural products. Malaysia's rich biodiversity has potential for many plant and microbial compounds with biological activity that can be used in the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals, novel foods, and as active ingredients for industrial biotechnology.

View http://www.jic.ac.uk/corporate/media-and-public/current-releases/110223MGRCagreement.html for more information.


 

This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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