Department of Biotechnology, MST and consortium of top UK research institutions sign crop science MoU

Q.  What department and a top consortium of UK research institutions signed an MoU to further development and partnership in the field of crop science?
- Published on 26 Feb 16

a. Department of Biotechnology
b. Department of Agriculture
c. Department of Science
d. Department of Atomic Energy

ANSWER: Department of Biotechnology
Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology and a group of top UK research institutions signed MOU for establishment of a joint India-UK collaboration programme in crop science. The aim of the agreement is to enhance collaborative research, promote knowledge exchange, and support capacity building to develop resilience in food security. All parties agreed on the importance of crop science as an area of enormous potential for scientific collaboration, and of great importance for global food security in India and beyond. Agreement checks on collaboration in fundamental science underpinning yield enhancement, disease resistance and drought resistance; research into crop re-breeding; and the translation of fundamental research into sustainable agriculture practice. It also contemplates the establishment of a joint Indo-UK Plant Science Centre in India.

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