5th Annual South Asian Biosafety Conference 2017
The 5th Annual South Asia Biosafety Conference took place at Hotel Taj West End, Bangalore, India on 11-13 Sept 2017. Professor Dr. Aparna Islam from Biotechnology Program, MNS Dept attended the conference. Professor Islam shared her experience in overcoming salt intolerance in farmer popular Bangladeshi tomato varieties in the Plenary Session II, which was dedicated for transgenic crop production. The title of her paper was “In planta transformation following cloning of Na+/H+ antiporter gene in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) to develop salinity stress tolerant variety”, a research aimed to alleviate climate change effect. Her paper was one of the two papers presented by Bangladeshi participants in the conference. In addition to the scientific paper presentation Prof Islam also talked at the Lighting Session to give a brief on the poster that has been presented in the conference. The poster titled “How Our Young Generation Perceive GM Food Crop” which was a survey based study conducted by Ms. Kashmery Khan, Lecturer, Biotechnology program and Professor Aparna Islam. The survey stirred up a huge interest among the participants both researchers and the policy makers as this is a pioneer work in post release era of GM food crop. More than 200 persons from 11 countries including researchers, academicians, and regulators participated in this three-day-long event.