Biotech Updates

Students and Lecturers in Indonesia Join National Biotech Seminar 2016

January 27, 2016

More than 200 students, lecturers, and industry representatives in Indonesia learned about the safety of biotechnology products during the National Seminar on the Current Status of Biotechnology Commercialization in Indonesia held on January 14, 2016 at Universitas Nasional (UNAS) in Jakarta.

The seminar discussed the safety issues on biotechnology products and the current status of biotechnology commercialization in Indonesia. Dr. Retno Widowati from UNAS discussed recombinant DNA technology; Dr. Agus Pakpahan, Chairman of Indonesia Biosafety Commission of Genetically Engineered Product (BC-GEF) talked about the current status of biotechnology in Indonesia; Mrs. Nurmalasari Darsono of PTPN XI talked about biotech sugarcane development; and Mr. WInarno Tohir, Chairman of National Outstanding Farmers Association (NOFA) discussed farmers readiness to embrace biotechnology in Indonesia.

During the seminar, the Biotechnology Research Center based in UNAS was launched. The Centre will conduct a variety of assessment activities, including biotechnology research and development. The seminar was a collaboration among UNAS, Indonesian Biotechnology Information Centre (IndoBIC), CropLife Indonesia, PT. Monagro Kimia, PT. Syngenta, and PT. INACO.

For more information about agriculture and biotechnology in Indonesia, visit IndoBIC's website.