India and UK Institutions signed agreements for collaboration in Crop Sciences

Feb 26, 2016 13:10 IST

Union Ministry of Science and Technology and a consortium of top UK research institutions signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 February 2016 for establishment of a joint India-UK collaboration programme in crop science.

It was agreed by all the parties 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.

Highlights of the Agreement

• The agreement contemplates the establishment of a joint Indo-UK Plant Science Centre in India.

• It was aimed to enhance collaborative research, promote knowledge exchange, and support capacity building to develop resilience in food security.

• It foresees joint projects focusing on the 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.

The collaboration will help in growing the partnerships of both the countries in translational and applied research.  It would create opportunities for leading experts in the UK and India to come together to tackle global challenges in the areas of food security, crop science and biotechnology.

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