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FABA, ABF, WTC Shamshabad hold training on genome editing

FABA, ABF, WTC Shamshabad hold training on genome editing

FABA, ABF, WTC Shamshabad hold training on genome editing

The emerging technologies like genome editing and CRISPR-Cas-based technologies can transform agriculture and can help to achieve food security for the growing world population. In order to provide hands-on training on this emerging technology, the Federation of Asian Biotech Associations (FABA) in association with the Agri Biotech Foundation (ABF) and World Trade Center (WTC) Shamshabad organised a six-day hands-on workshop on ‘CRISPR-Cas: Mastering the Art of Plant Genomics Workshop 2023’ during September 25-30, 2023.

Over the course of six immersive days, this workshop guided the participants on a fascinating journey into the complexity of genome editing in plants and its applications in disease resistance, higher yields, improved nutritive characteristics etc.

While presiding over the valedictory session, Prof P Reddanna, Executive President of FABA, highlighted the efforts made by FABA and ABF in the identification of the best possible experts in the area from the academy and the industry for the workshop. He stressed the importance of networking with the resource persons as well as with fellow participants to be successful in their career development. Later, Dr Rahul from the University of Hyderabad presented a talk on issues and challenges while applying CRISPR-Cas technology for genome editing.

Ram Kaundinya, Director General from Federation of Seed Industry of India (FSII) was the chief guest on the occasion. He gave an inspiring talk during his valedictory address. He highlighted the importance of aligning laboratory research with market and society dynamics. Further, he delved into the strategic importance of mastering the techniques involved in traditional breeding methods alongside advanced genetic engineering and genome editing technologies, to be successful in the industry. His perspective on potential career paths in the field was not only insightful but also elegantly articulated, serving as a guiding beacon for aspiring professionals and researchers in this domain. Moreover, he illuminated the diverse array of opportunities available to life sciences students in areas such as Regulatory Affairs, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), and Science Communication, in addition to the traditional areas.

Prof Pakki Reddy, Director of ABF briefed Ram Kaundinya on the highlights of the workshop in terms of invited talks and hands-on training provided to the participants coming from the academy and the industry from various parts of the country. Dr Gopal, the Co-ordinator of the workshop thanked the chief guest, speakers, participants and the organising committee members from FABA and ABF.

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