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Wheat Blast in Bangladesh – a deadly disease causing enormous crop loss

Dear Researchers,  Wheat blast is a fearsome fungal disease of wheat. It was first discovered in Paraná State of Brazil in 1985. It spread rapidly to other South American countries such as Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina, where it infects up to 3 million hectares and causes serious crop losses. Wheat blast was also detected in Kentucky, USA, in 2011.   In

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Launching a digital course through Duke and Coursera called Innovation & Design for Global Grand Challenges

Professor Dr Zeba I. Seraj at the DMB, Dhaka University has forwarded the following conveyed to her by Dr. Alex Dehgan, thinking that this may be of interest to the PEER community Dear Fellow Fellows, On Monday, June 20th, I am launching a digital course through Duke and Coursera called Innovation & Design for Global Grand Challenges.  It is about how to harness exponential

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Metabolic Science: Driving Bio-industry and Beyond – an International Conference in Shanghai October 20-23, ’16

June 16, 2016. An  International Conference on Metabolic Science (ICMS 2016)  jointly organized by the State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism (SKLMM) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China, and the Division of Bioprocess and Bioseparation Engineering (BBE), Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB) will be held October 20-23, ’16 in Nanjiao  Shanghai, China. While

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The 49th issue of the online newsletter “BioLife”

The 49th issue of the online newsletter “BioLife” by ACI Agribusinesses is now available. “BioLife” highlights the new developments and technologies in the agriculture sector along with the various activities of ACI Agribusinesses. Please find the attachment of “BioLife” with this email. Your opinion and suggestions regarding “BioLife” will always be appreciated. We

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Carrot Genome cracked

June 7, 2016. In the recent issue of Nature, cracking of the carrot genome has been reported. With the knowledge in hand, carrot breeders will be able to evolve improved varieties incorporating genes of interest such as those which will impart disease-, pest resistant capabilities to this popular crop.

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Dr. Hemayetullah’s acceptance by NASA for conducting experiments in a NASA-funded lab on Bio-signature

May 14, 2016. Dr. Hemayetullah has been accepted by NASA to spend this summer in a lab to conduct experiments in a NASA funded lab on Bio-signature. The experiments will involve the study of primitive bacterial pigment retinol and chlorophyll based light absorption development that can be used to look for life in outer space. The object of Dr. Hemayetullah’s review session is to

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The Eighth Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Conference is scheduled to be held in Dhaka 3-5 December 2016

Theme: Biotechnology for Innovative Agriculture and Food Security Date: 3-5 December, 2016 Venue Inaugural Session: Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. AND Technical Session: Department of Botany, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Organized by: Bangladesh Association for Plant Tissue Culture & Biotechnology (BAPTC&B) and University of

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HHMI and Bill and Melinda Gates Grant for Worldwide Scientific Talent on Trialect

HHMI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation announce the International Research Scholars Program which aims to support up to 50 outstanding early career scientists/physicians worldwide. The program’s aim is to help develop scientific talent worldwide. Awardees will receive a total of $650,000 over five years, and they can d

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Two full time Ph.D. positions with lucrative salary of Tk. 55,000/- each are available in a collaborative research with the industry in the Department of Genetic Engineer

April 22, 2016. Two full time Ph.D. positions with lucrative salary of Tk. 55,000/- each are available in a collaborative research with the industry in the Department of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, DU. The project is funded by the Higher Education and Quality Enhancement Project – a project of the University Grants Commission. The objectives of the project will be to

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Blast fungus of wheat is devastating the whole wheat field in certain areas of BD

Dhaka 20th April, 2016. Professor Tofazzal Islam at BSMRAU and his associates are using a novel Field Pathogenomics approach for identification and understanding the biology of the blast fungus causing irreparable crop loss in certain wheat growing areas of Bangladesh. The above technique was first used in yellow rust fungus last year. Another unique feature of Professor Tofazzal Is

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