Yogi Vemana University
Kadapa – 516003
Contact Number : 08562 – 225427
|Dr. Patan Shaik Shavalli Khan||Associate Professor|
|Dr. Puli Chandra Obul Reddy||Assistant Professor & Coordinator|
|Dr. A. Madhusudhana Reddy||Assistant Professor|
- Biofuel production from hydrocarbon yielding plants. Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. Budget Rs.22, 52, 413-00, Period: 2007-2009
- Development of sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) transgenics carrying HD-START and DREB1F transcription factors for improved abiotic stress tolerane. Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (C.S.I.R), Govt. of India, New Delhi. Budget –Rs.20, 00,000-00, Period: 2009-2012.
- Phytoremediation of Uranium enriched soils: Molecular, Biochemical and Transgenic approach. Department of Biotechnology (D.B.T), Govt. of India, New Delhi. Budget –Rs. 25, 00,000 -00, Period: 2009-2012.
- Development of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea, L.) transgenics carrying HD-START transcription factor for improved drought stress tolerance. Department of Science and Technology (D.S.T), Govt. of India, New Delhi.Budget –Rs.26,60,000 -00, Period: 2009-2012.
- Screening of small millets for abiotic stress tolerance: A physiological approach. Agri Science Project, Yogi Vemana University. Budget: Rs.1, 50,000-00, Period: 2010-2012.
- Biotechnology interventions for production of androgenic haploids to speed and support breeding of ginger. Department of Biotechnology, Government of India under NER-TWINING program.Budget Rs.60,00,000,Period-2011-2014
- Prof. A. R. Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, YVU Kadapa and Co-Chairman, GEAC, New Delhi
- Prof. P. Reddanna, OSD, NIAB and University of Hyderabad
- Prof. Kameswar Rao, Foundation for Biotechnology Awareness and Education, Bangalore.
- Prof. P. Ananda Kumar, Director, Natinal Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology and Member, GEAC, IARI New Delhi
- Dr. B. Padmodaya, Principal Scientist and Program Co-ordinator, Krishi Vignan Kendra, Utukur, Kadapa
- Dr. G. Karuna Sagar, Senior Scientist, Agriculture Research Station, Utukur, Kadapa
The panelists in the beginning explained various aspects of biotechnology such as Plant biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology, Pharma Biotechnology, and the present status of production, regulation and research in the country. Further they discussed about GMOs and took specific examples. Issues such as technology itself, Biosafety, Regulatory mechanism, Environmental effects, Biodiversity, impact on Farm economy, etc., were elaborated. Care was taken to include both Pros & Cons of technologies in their explanations. Specific cases of GMOs such as Bt Cotton, Bt brinjal, Golden rice, stem cell research, animal and human vaccines have been highlighted. Subsequently, the floor was open for free debate on all the above issues. The following issues were raised by specific participants which were debated in detail.
- Pollen escape, effect on Biodiversity
- Increased resistance to BT project
- What mechanism strategies are in place to prevent and control such resistance
- Any development of GMOs that are climate change resistant
- What is the status of Animal Biotechnology
- What the Govt is doing to dispel apprehensions of public on this GM Technology
- Edible Vaccines
- What is the advantage accrued to small and marginal farmers in India
- Growing demand for animal biotech products and opportunities for entrepreneurship in this field
The panelist clarified the above doubts and explained in detail giving specific examples with experimental data. Also, the present status of research and development of GM Crops drugs and vaccines, and the existing regulatory mechanism mandatory for approval and commercialization were discussed. The experience of this debate reveals that there is a need for organizing more such meetings in order to enhance public awareness about scientific facts of Biotechnology-derived products.