CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, hosted a three-day National Symposium on Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology for Food and Nutritional Security as part of the 34th Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association of India (PTCA-I) in city.

The symposium, focusing on the importance of plant tissue culture techniques in providing the much needed food security and nutritional security, was inaugurated on Mar. 11 by Prof. Satish C. Maheshwari, Honorary Advisor, Jaipur National University, Jaipur and a pioneering scientist in the field.

Inaugurating the event, Prof. Maheshwari lauded the prominent role of CSIR-CFTRI in ameliorating malnutrition in India. He opined that “the genetic engineering technology would not have been there but for plant tissue culture.”

Prof. Maheshwari also released a souvenir on the occasion.

The Symposium was attended by about 300 delegates from all over India who deliberated in the technical sessions. A poster paper session displaying the preliminary results in various research areas was also held.

Inaugurating the poster session, Prof. Ram Rajasekharan, Director, CSIR-CFTRI, said that if there is an area where Indians excelled it is plant tissue culture.

“The field has been growing continuously and is now converging with biotechnology”, he said and expressed hope that it would serve the country in ensuring food security.

Prof. J. P. Khurana, Secretary, PTCA (I) briefed on the activities of the Association.

Dr. P. Giridhar, Principal Scientist, CSIR-CFTRI, welcomed

Dr. N. Bhagyalakshmi, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CFTRI, proposed a vote of thanks.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore