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PU scientists participate in training program as experts in Turkey
PU scientists participate in training program as experts in Turkey

LAHORE: (Thursday, May 17, 2018): A three member team of scientists headed by Punjab University Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology’s Director Prof Dr Tayyab Husnain including Prof Dr Idrees Ahmad Nasir and Dr Abdul Qayyum Rao has participated in a training program as experts organized by Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) in Turkey. The training program was on development of sustainable transgenic technology, commercialization and post-release monitoring to identify the relevant needs of transgenic crop technology and assess capacities at hand of the member countries of Organization of Islamic Cooperation. As many as 18 delegates from thirteen cotton producing Islamic countries took part in the training. Dr Tayyab Husnain gave introduction of molecular biology, its application and achievements followed by technical lecture of genetic transformation of cotton by Dr Abdul Qayyum Rao. Dr Idrees Ahmed Nasir presented success story of Zea Mays Genetic Modification at CEMB. The proceeding ended with information lecture of Prof Dr Tayyab Husnain on identification of economically important agronomic traits and characterization. He said that CEMB Pakistan was ready to support Islamic countries under the umbrella of bilateral technology transfer agreement of respective country and government of Pakistan. The participants expressed their interest in acquiring Pakistani developed transgenic cotton varieties. They also praised SESRIC for arranging such informative training and requested to do more in near future.