Biotech Updates

Brazil and Australia to Collaborate on Agri-Biotech Projects

May 9, 2008

The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) hosted a workshop on agricultural biotechnology innovations that was attended by scientists from all over Brazil and representatives of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), University of Queensland and Australian Academy of Science. CSIRO researcher, Elizabeth Dennis, pointed out that the workshop is a crucial step for closer technical cooperation between the two countries in the area of agricultural biotechnology.

Several research priority areas, where the two countries can work together, were identified. These include: plant genomics, bioinformatics, apomixis in plant breeding, nanotechnology applied to agriculture and molecular breeding of sugarcane. Memoranda of agreement between EMBRAPA and the Australian institutions are expected to be signed in the coming months.

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