Building skills in biotechnology

October 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Training in biotechnology applications: a vital element
in modern plant breeding programs

Fourteen young researchers from Egypt and Iraq acquired new skills in biotechnology applications, following a training course in Cairo. The course, conducted during 16-27 September, was organized jointly by ICARDA and two leading Egyptian institutions ā€“ the Agricultural Research Center (ARC) and the Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute (AGERI). The course was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

Classroom lectures were combined with practical training on a range of subjects: genome organization, PCR applications, molecular markers, restriction enzymes, genetic diversity analysis, genetic transformation, mapping populations, marker-assisted selection, biosafety regulations and GMO risk assessment. Practical training sessions included DNA extraction and quantification, RAPD and SSR procedures, and the use of Gene Mapper software. Resource persons included Drs Sripada Udupa and Aladin Hamwieh of ICARDA, and several scientists from AGERI.

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