7th Pacific Rim Conference organized by ICAR, DBT, Calcutta University & AICBA: Bacillus Thuringiensis and Environmental Impact

The All India Crop Biotechnology Association (AICBA) in association with Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and Calcutta University are organizing the 7th Pacific Rim Conference on the Biotechnology of Bacillus thuringiensis and its environmental impact – to be held at the National Agriculture Science Complex, New Delhi from 25th –28th November 2009.

Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution – Shri Sharad Pawar will inaugurate the event and the key note address will be delivered by Dr Mangala Rai, Secretary, DARE & DG, ICAR. Swapan K Datta, Dy. Director General (C.S.), ICAR is the India Convenor for the Conference.

Some of the key speakers at the conference include C. D. Mayee, Chairman, ASRB; K. K. Tripathi, DBT; Dr Ranjini Warrier, GEAC; K. R. Kranthi, CICR; R. N. Padaria, IARI; Deepak Pental, Delhi University, Karabi Datta, Calcutta University; B.M. Khadi, UAS, Dharwad; Bidyut Sharma, AAU, Jorhat, Assam; S. K. Sen, IIT, Kharagpur; Raj Bhatnagar, ICGEB; T.K Dangar, CRRI; S. V. Krishnamurty, TNAU; S. Shantharam, Princeton University; Derek Russel, University of Melbourne, Australia; Hidetaka Hori, Niigata University, Japan; A. Zaritsky, Israel.

Announcing the conference, Sajiv Anand, Director, All India Crop Biotechnology Association (AICBA) said, “The 7th Pacific Rim Conference on the Biotechnology of Bacillus thuringiensis and its environmental impact is a unique opportunity for those interested in biotechnology (consumers, researchers, students, regulatory officials, etc) to learn about the latest developments and discuss their impact on environment. It is our pleasure to organize this large-scale event in India in association with ICAR, DBT and Calcutta University.”

During the four-day symposium leading national and international scientists share information on the developments in agriculture biotechnology, research, need and benefits on crops like Brinjal, Cotton, Rice Sugarcane, etc and on some of the most important technologies for insect pest management involving reduced usage of insecticides. The science on Bt technology, its application in plant protection, strategic deployment of Bt crops, safety of Bt technology – which has a history of safe use globally, social concerns and economic benefits will be discussed.

Delegates at the event will also deliberate on Applied Bt Science; Biochemistry and Physiology of Bt toxins; Bt and Transgenic plants; Toxin Structure and Mode of Action; Expression and Regulation of toxin genes; Managing Resistance to Bt toxins; Novel toxins; Products and Formulation; Registration of Bt products; Risk assessment and Communication; Bt Crop Field Evaluation and Management and Safety and Social Concerns, Economic Benefit and Public Acceptance.

About Pacific Rim Conference: The 6th Pacific Rim Conference on the Biotechnology of Bacillus thuringiensis and its Environmental Impact was held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, from October 30 to November 3, 2005, for the first time on the east side of the Pacific. Previous conferences were held in Taipei (Taiwan) in 1994, in Chiang Mai (Thailand) in 1996, in Wuhan (China) in 1999, in Canberra (Australia) in 2001 and in Hanoi (Vietnam) in 2003. All these past international meetings proved to be great successes. They brought together scientists from various countries with diverse and often specific problems, priorities and approaches to the use of Bt, and sharing same interests and complementary expertise. They provided a unique platform to review and present new research results of both fundamental and practical nature, to discuss new trends and issues related to Bt science, Bt products and Bt uses worldwide. The Victoria Conference continued this tradition and offered updated, significant contributions to sound science, transparent communication and critical appraisal of the continuing progress experienced by the Bt field.

About Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR): ICAR is an autonomous organisation under the Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. Formerly known as Imperial Council of Agricultural Research, it was established on 16 July, 1929 as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 in pursuance of the report of the Royal Commission on Agriculture. The ICAR has its headquarters at New Delhi. The Council is the apex body for coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country. With 97 ICAR institutes and 45 agricultural universities spread across the country this is one of the largest national agricultural systems in the world.

About Department of Biotechnology (DBT): The setting up of a separate Department of Biotechnology (DBT), under the Ministry of Science and Technology in 1986 gave a new impetus to the development of the field of modern biology and biotechnology in India. In more than a decade of its existence, the department has promoted and accelerated the pace of development of biotechnology in the country. Through several R&D projects, demonstrations and creation of infrastructural facilities a clear visible impact of this field has been seen. The department has made significant achievements in the growth and application of biotechnology in the broad areas of agriculture, health care, animal sciences, environment, and industry.

About Calcutta University: The University of Calcutta (also known as Calcutta University), is a public university located in the city of Kolkata, India, founded in 24 January 1857, is the first modern university in the Indian subcontinent. It is a state-government administered urban-based affiliating and Research University. It has its central campus in College Street (called Ashutosh Shiksha Prangan). Its other campuses are in Rajabazar (called Rashbehari Shiksha Prangan), Ballygunge (called Taraknath Palit Shiksha Prangan), Alipore (called Sahid Khudiram Siksha Prangan ), Hazra and South Sinthi..

About All India Crop Biotechnology Association (AICBA): Formed in 2003, the All India Crop Biotechnology Association (AICBA) is an industry association of the major companies engaged in agricultural biotechnology in India, to promote the benefits of agri-biotechnology for modernizing Indian agriculture and enhancing the livelihood of Indian farmers. The association has been actively working with the stakeholders, including regulators, farmers, scientists and media for advocating the benefits of biotechnology to ensure India’s food and nutritional security, and to sustain Indian agriculture’s international competitiveness. AICBA has been seen as a reliable partner in the growth of Indian agriculture, and within a short span of its existence, has worked with the Government to establish the policy framework for rapid acceptance and growth of biotechnology. The association has a total of 15 leading Indian seed companies engaged in agriculture biotechnology and is responsible for maintaining suitable dialogue with various regulatory agencies/ministries on various industry related issues.

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