Biotech Updates

Bangladesh Scientist Emeritus Calls for Biotech Directorate

June 13, 2008

Dr. Kazi M Badruddoza, Scientist Emeritus from Bangladesh, recommended that a separate Biotech Directorate in the Agriculture Ministry similar to that of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) in India be established in the country to expedite research and development efforts. He urged Bangladeshi scientists in collaboration with development partners to produce biotech crops that can help contribute to solving food shortage and alleviate poverty. These views were presented by the Scientist Emeritus who was the chief guest during the International Biotech Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

In addition, Dr. Badruddoza suggested that biotechnology be included in the O and A academic level syllabi. The Bangladesh Association for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (BABGE) in collaboration with the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and other sponsors organized the conference. Among the topics during the scientific sessions were the progress of trials of Bt brinjal, Late blight resistant potato and Golden Rice. 

Contact Dr. K. Nasiruddin, national coordinator of the Bangladesh Biotechnology Information Center, at for additional details about the conference.