The DBT-AAU Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology has been established with a vision to preposition Assam Agricultural University and the whole of North-Eastern region with quality human resource with needed scientific acumen in the field of Agricultural Biotechnology, as well as to develop and provide gene based solutions utilizing the conventional and unconventional bio-resources of the region, for treating various biotic and abiotic ailments restricting productivity increase in various crops locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The centre is a Public-Public Partnership between the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India and Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat. With the mandate to undertake exploratory research in crop biotechnology, the centre has identified and taken up some futuristic research programmes like attempting gene based solutions to insect pests problem in grain legumes; soil acidity problem through microbial genomics; targeting drought tolerant genes in rice bio-resources of the region; enhancing organic agriculture through large scale production and generation of modern bioinputs etc.

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The DBT-AAU Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology has been established with a vision to preposition Assam Agricultural University and thus the whole of North-Eastern region with quality human resource with needed scientific acumen in the field of Agricultural Biotechnology, as well as to develop and provide gene based solutions utilizing the conventional and unconventional bio-resources of the region, for treating various biotic and abiotic ailments restricting productivity increase in various crops locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The centre is a Public-Public Partnership between Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India and Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat.

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The next Scientific Advisory Committee meeting is scheduled to be held on 19th November, 2018



Biosafety Capacity Building Workshop was organised in collaboration with Biotech Consortium India Limited.



In-house workshop titled “How to win a research project” was conducted by Dr. T J V Higgins, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, CSIRO, Canberra



Dr. T. J. V. Higgins, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Canberra visited DBT-AAU Centre, as INSA Chair honoring Dr. B P Pal, for mentoring and fostering research activities at DBT-AAU Centre from 12-19 September, 2017.



Booklet "For food security say YES to GM Crops" (English Version) published.



Recent Projects under the Centre:
--Studies on role of endophytes in variation of acaricidal properties of two acaricide producing plant species NBA22/F1 and NBA18/D1 from North Eastern States-Dr. Tankeswar Nath.  Funding Agency: DBT, Govt. of India

--Study of mitochondrial electron transport chain (ETC) dysfunction that modulates aging and development in C. elegans through CEP-1, the worm homolog of mammalian p53”-Dr. Aiswarya Baruah.  Funding Agency: DBT, Govt. of India

--“Screening of indigenous rice germplasms of Assam for tolerance to anaerobic condition during germination and marker assisted introgression of traits into elite rice variety”-Dr Prasanta Kr Das.  Funding Agency: DBT, Govt. of India

--“Genetic improvement of Black Rice towards increased productivity via enhancement of phosphate utilization efficiency”-Dr Prasanta Kr Das.  Funding Agency: DBT, Govt. of India

--“Transfer of unique antioxidant potential of coloured rice of Assam to elite high yielding rice line by utilizing flavonoid biosynthesis gene based marker assisted breeding”-Dr Bidyut kr. Sarmah.  Funding Agency: DBT, Govt. of India




Director, DBT-AAU Centre awarded with Norman Borlaug Chair award



'Deregulation' nod for AAU Chickpea Project



AAU's Bt Chana resists borers, can relieve shortage, but governments dither on approvals for trials