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ICRISAT Launches Genomics and Bio-Food Knowledge Centers

March 28, 2008

A Center of Excellence in Genomics (CEG) was launched by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) at its headquarters in Patancheru, India, in partnership with the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Government of India. ICRISAT also announced the launch of a Bio-Food Knowledge Center (BFKC) in its Agri-Science Park with financial support from the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

The CEG has started providing the following services:

  • High-throughput, low-cost, allele detection platforms, to help with molecular-marker assisted breeding.
  • Access to large-scale field screening for abiotic stresses, such as drought and salinity.
  • Biometrics (agricultural statistics) and bioinformatics (information management and analysis) support.
  • Training courses for scientists and students from Indian institutes in the use of high-throughput methods in breeding and research.

The BFKC on the other hand, will develop a platform for R&D, innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization in food processing focusing on cereals, legumes, fruits and vegetables. It will be developed as a public-private partnership model and also to backstop food processing related research requirements for ICRISAT mandate crops.

View the complete press release at  http://www.cgiar.org/newsroom/releases/news.asp?idnews=721