Biotech Updates

ICRISAT and UWA Extend Research Collaboration

September 11, 2009

The University of Western Australia (UWA) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) announced that they will further extend their ongoing collaboration in dryland agricultural research for three more years. The institutions will continue to work together in a breeding program for Ascochyta blight-resistant chickpea. Ascochyta blight is one of the most devastating diseases of chickpea particularly in South Asia, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Complete yield loss due to the blight has been recorded, and the disease can reduce seed quality significantly.

UWA also announced fifty research scholarships for Indian students wishing to pursue research in various fields in Australia and a grant of Australian $ 25,000 per year for students who will undertake research under joint supervision of ICRISAT and UWA.

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