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Pune: ICAR and IISER to collaborate for agri-research

The Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Pune and the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) have held hands to do farming based examination. The two establishments as of late inked a MoU in such manner, which will profit the two researchers and exploration understudies at the two foundations.

Despite the fact that projects and genuine zones of exploration for the joint endeavor are yet to be finished, at first, analysts from the Biology division at IISER will be working with agribusiness researchers at the Pune Regional Station of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

“There is a plant biology group already working on some agriculture-based research at IISER. They will team up with ICAR for research, which broadly includes transgenomic studies, development of pest-resistant crop variants, molecular studies among many others,” said Prof Sanjeev Galande, Dean, Research and Development at IISER, Pune.

This joint effort is likewise a stage towards reinforcing the Pune Biocluster which was arranged in the new years.

“The Biocluster was ideated to allow scientists from a number of institutions to network, access each other’s laboratories and resources, and thereby build a platform capable of generating knowledge from across fields,” added Galande.

Past labs and exploration, the part of industry stays pivotal, Galande said. The Biocluster will help recognize and build up contacts with key industry accomplices for coordinated efforts in future.

“It is the industry which has the capability to take lab-based findings to people. They can scale-up and market the products. Ultimately, it remains a team effort,” Galande said.

Lately since the episode of the Covid-19 pandemic, associations among the scholarly community and industry should be reinforced to address issues of the size of the pandemic, he added.

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