DAV University’s Agricultural Department holds webinar on plant genome engineering

April 10, 2021 02:31 PM

The faculty of Agricultural Sciences at DAV University Jalandhar organized a webinar on “Recent Advances in Plant Genome Engineering”. The lecture was delivered by Dr. K. C. Bansal (Ex-Director, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, ICAR-DARE, New DelhiDr. Rahul Kumar, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences welcomed the speaker and all the participants. The webinar was inaugurated with introductory note of the officiating Dean Academics, Dr Raj Kumar Seth.

Dr. Bansal initiated his lecture with the historical aspects, advantage, challenges and techniques of traditional breeding methods to improve plant characters. Later he emphasized on the applications of emerging tools of plant biotechnology to raise agriculture production and to mitigate biotic and abiotic stresses. He explained the relevance of transgenic crops and molecular breeding approaches. In the last segment of his lecture Dr. Bansal explained the genome editing tools, techniques, approaches and current status with its success stories around the globe. He also touched upon the policy matters of different governments for regulating such research themes. 

More than 350 participants from all over India participated in the webinar. In the end, there was a direct interactive session between participants and Dr. K.C. Bansal.  Dr. Anju Pathania presented the vote of thanks. Dr. Manak Sharma, Dr. Sanjeev Sharma, Dr. Sonika Sharma, Dr. Saurav Govind Rao provided the technical support for the successful organization of the webinar.

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