Dhaka January 24, ’14. GNOBB feel proud to announce that the celebrated Agribusiness company Lat Teer has formally launched Bangladeshi Water Buffalo Genome sequencing project this afternoon at the Radisson Hotel Dhaka. It may be recalled that only last year the scientists at Bangladesh Jute Research Institute completed the preliminary sequencing of the Jute Genome under the guidance of Professor Maqsud Ali at the Manoa Campus of the University of Hawaii. And now the Private sector Lal Teer has taken the lead in unraveling the genome of one of the most important animals of Bangladesh, namely, water buffalo. Since early 2010 Lal Teer Livestock Limited has embarked upon Water Buffalo Genome sequencing project for locally adapted new good breeds of Buffalo and Cattle. Lal Teer had already started and successfully finished the decoding of Water Buffalo genome of Bangladeshi origin in collaboration with Beijing Genomic Institute (BGI,) Shenzhen, the world’s largest genomic institute. The genomic data will pave the way to bring about the genetic improvement of buffalo.
The launching ceremony of the Buffalo Genomic Project was held on the 24thJanuary, 2014 at 4.00 PM at the Radisson Blu Hotel. The US, the Dutch and the Chinese ambassador, distinguished scientists from the Beijing Genomic Institute, prominent scientists form Bangladesh of different institutes, university professors, high officials from the government and scientists & high officials of Lal Teer were present at the ceremony. Among those who addressed at the Ceremony were the Commerce Minister,Mr. Tofail Ahmed, Dr Li Jun, the Chinese ambassador in Bangladesh, Dr. Jian Wang – President, BGI, Professor Dr. Haseena Khan, Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dhaka University.