Dhaka 2nd March, ’14. As already announced, the Seventh Triennial International Tissue Culture and Biotechnology Conference was held 1-3 March, 2014. The theme of the conference is: Biotechnology and Biosafety for Human Welfare. The inauguration of the conference will take place in the NababNowab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhavan, Dhaka University. Begum MatiaChowdhury, MP, the Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture, Govt. ofthe People’s Republic of Bangladesh will inaugurate the conference at 10 a.m. While highlights of the seventh Intl.Conference are shown below, the whole program is attachedherewith.
The keynote speaker in the first session is Dr. F.J. Zapata-Aries, BRAC Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratory, Gazipur, Bangladesh. He will speak on,” The significance of non-controlled natural light, temperature and humidity on the commercial micropropagation of Solanum tuberosum L. andMusa acuminata.
The topic of the second scientific session is Environmental Biotechnology. The keynote speaker at this session is Dr. Yasuzo Sakai, Graduate School of Engineering, Utsunomiya University, Japan. The topic in which he will speak is:Application of Magnetic Activated Sludge Process for Dairy Farm Wastewater Treatment.. The third session will be devoted to “Molecular markers in Crop Improvement. The keynote speaker in this session is Dr. Narendra Tuteja, Plant Molecular Biology Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi-110067, India. He will speak on, “Overexpression of rice Ca2+ATPase gene OsACA6 provides enhanced tolerance to salinity, drought, cold and metal (Cd2+)stresses by scavenging ROS (34)”. The topic of the Scientific Session IV: Biosafety and Public Acceptance of Genetically Modified Crops. The main attraction of this session is a talk by Prof. M. Imdadul Hoque, Department of Botany, University of Dhaka & Coordinator, SABP, Bangladesh. The topic he will address is: Global Status of Biotech Crops and SABP activities in Bangladesh. The main attraction of the Session V will be an illuminating talk by the keynote speaker, Prof. Dr. Lian-Ming Gao, The Kunming Institute of Botany, Kunming, China. He will speak on Bar-coding of two woody genera, Taxus and Rhododendron. Section VI will be devoted to “Functional Genomic, Proteomics and Plant Genetic Transformation. The keynote speaker in this session is: Prof. Dr. Christian Jung, University of Kiel, Germany. He will speak on, “The impact of the whole genome sequencing on plant breeding research. In this session, Profesor Dr. Haseens Khan’s research group will present an interesting paper entitled, “MiRNA placed within coding sequence of putative VPS 51 gene in Jute; a novel insight to the non-coding RNA world,”