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Training the next generation of scientists infuses all of the work at the Danforth Plant Science Center. This includes young scientists in St. Louis as well as abroad to ensure the cutting-edge technologies that are needed to improve agricultural productivity are shared across the globe.
In September, the Center’s Institute for International Crop Improvement (IICI) sponsored four early-career scientists to attend the 7th annual South Asia Biosafety conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the premiere biosafety meeting in South Asia.
“The objective of supporting their participation was to give these scientists an opportunity to learn about recent developments in agricultural biotechnology and biosafety that are critical to their crop improvement projects, and to provide collaboration opportunities,” said Donald MacKenzie, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for International Crop Improvement.
The young scientists were identified through a call for abstracts across the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and after careful review, four individuals working within the ICAR-Network Project on Transgenics in Crops were selected to attend. Their travel, accommodations and registration fees were provided by the IICI.
The four ICAR scientists joined more than 150 of their colleagues from 10 countries for three days to discuss biotechnology applications for sustainable development, environmental risk assessment, and biosafety regulation. Participants included a cross section of regulators, scientists, central and state government, industry and students. Attendees gained insights from many experienced scientists including Dr. Arunendra Nath Lahiri Majumder, Dr. Sampa Das, Dr. Donald MacKenzie, Dr. Rob Bertram, Dr. Francis Nwankwo Onyekachi, Dr. Deepak Pental, Dr. Ramaiah Valasubramanian, Dr. Frederic Tripet, Dr. Inez H Slamet-Loedin and others who shared their experiences in meeting biosafety challenges.
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