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Crop Biotech Update

Seminars on Biotech Potato Breeding in Indonesia

August 5, 2011

Over the last few weeks, around 112 farmers and agricultural workers in three areas in Indonesia (Medan in North Sumatera, Malang and Bali) were briefed on biotechnology breeding of potato. Dr. M. Herman, Dr. Edy Listanto, and Dr. Dinar Ambarwati of Indonesian Center for Agricultural Biotechnology and Genetic Resources Research and Development (ICABIOGRAD) gave presentations on biotechnology products and regulations in Indonesia and biotechnology applications in potato trait improvement. Mr. Kusmana of the Indonesian Vegetables Research Institute (IVRI) shared information on potato variety improvement through conventional breeding.

The heads of agricultural bureaus of these three areas expressed their support and enthusiasm for the introduction of biotech potatoes because of its potential to increase crop yield as they are resistant to the devastating late blight disease. The seminars were co-organized by ICABIOGRAD, IndoBIC and IVRI.

For more information on biotechnology development in Indonesia, email Dewi Suryani of IndoBIC at dewisuryani@biotrop.org.