Saturday, March 10, 2012

India, Oz to develop new strains of bananas

Australia's Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has inked an agreement with Government of India's Department of Biotechnology (DoB) for developing new strains of bananas that will help counter iron-deficiency anaemia in India. The agreement, signed by QUT Vice-Chancellor Peter Coaldrake and Renu Swarup of the DoB, will see the Indian government investing during a four-year period to create banana strains rich in iron, a statement said.

"This is the first such project in agriculture that India has undertaken with another country. It means a lot to us," Swarup said. "Iron-deficiency is a problem for all developing countries, associated with low nutrition, not just vegetarianism," she said.

Director of the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at QUT, James Dale, will head the project, along with Rakesh Tuli, who is the scientific program coordinator for India.

Source: The Financial Express, March 10, 2012

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