The seemingly inexorable expansion of global population size, significant increases in the use of biofuel crops and the growing pressures of multifunctional land-use have intensified the need to improve crop of high-yielding genetically modified (GM) crops could help address these problems," said Prof Mike Wilkinson, Director of Enterprise and International Development, Aberystwyth University at the two-day seminar on "Biotechnology: UK and Indian Perspectives" organised by British Council in partnership with Centre for Biotechnology, Anna University.
Scientists from Aberystwyth University, University of Bath, University of East Anglia, Napier University, University of Warwick and University of Westminster along with Indian scientists and industry experts delivered talks on Health care Biotechnology, Bioprocess Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnology, Stem Cell Research, Food Biotechnology and Genetics.
"There has been rapid adoption world-wide of GM crops which offer, amongst other things, improved insect resistance, increased yields, reduced inputs, and improved nutritional quality," said Dr.Stephen Jackson, Director of Post-Graduate Research, University of Warwick. "Our relationship with Anna University ranges from English Language training and low cost housing to biotechnology and printing technology to name but a few," said director Cris Gibon, director, british Council.
"The disciplines are converging. The first being ICT, with the convergence of information and communication technologies. In biotechnology the convergence is with biology and technology. Scientific disciplines are being integrated at a rapid rate." "Integration as in biotechnology will pave the way for future advances in science and provide exciting opportunities for human and economic development. So you need to be prepared for the era of convergence and integration," he added.