Biotech Updates

Seminar on Plant Genetic Transformation in Indonesia

June 1, 2012

A seminar on Plant Genetic Transformation entitled "State of the Art in Plant Genetic Transformation" was recently held in Bogor. The seminar featured Dr, Kan Wang, Professor in the Department of Agronomy and director of the Center for Plant Transformation Facility, Plant Science Institute Iowa State University, USA and the Leader of Biopharmaceuticals/Bioindustry Initiative. The seminar conducted at ICABIOGRAD was attended by many researchers from various institutions. Dr. Wang highlighted plant genetic transformation and together with bioinformatics and nanotechnology will become alternative technology that can potentially produce new plant varieties.

For the past seven years, Dr. Wang has been the leader of maize and soybean transformation projects of ICI Seeds Research and Development in Slater, Ames, Iowa (now Syngenta). Since 1996 when she moved to Iowa State University, she developed the first plant transformation facilities for public use. This facility has been used for maize, soybean, rice and Brachypodium transformation. Currently, she is developing anti-diarrhea vaccines in transgenic maize that has gone through three confined field trials already in the USA.

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