New Indian agbiotech research facility
The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), together with the Indian government’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT), will establish the Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops (PTTC) at ICRISAT’s global headquarters in Patancheru, India. The PTTC seeks to “translate transgenic technology and harness its products to meet the needs of agricultural growth”, states the ICRISAT. The PTTC will evaluate and advance the potential of new genetic engineering options to enhance agricultural productivity. According to the director general of ICRISAT, Dr William Dar, the PTTC will “strengthen transgenic research for crop improvement by providing a platform, building synergies among institutions.” The platform “is expected to generate research products that are national and international public goods”. The approval comes with a funding commitment from the Indian government of Rs 248.8 million ($6.3 million) for five years (2008-2013).