Biotech Updates

UK-Malaysia Collaborate on Plant and Microbial Research

February 25, 2011

The John Innes Center (JIC) in the United Kingdom through its trading subsidiary John Innes Enterprise Limited will collaborate with the Malaysian Genomics Resource Center Berhad (MGRC) on functional genomics.

"We hope the collaboration will benefit Malaysian agriculture by increasing access to plant and microbial science for tropical crop improvement," said JIC director Professor Dale Sanders. "Joint research will also help the country realize the potential of its biodiversity by identifying natural products that could be used in the bioactives sector."

Malaysian scientists will have access to JIC's expertise in disease resistance, plant genetics, and natural products. Malaysia's rich biodiversity has potential for many plant and microbial compounds with biological activity that can be used in the discovery and development of pharmaceuticals, novel foods, and as active ingredients for industrial biotechnology.

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