SESRIC organized a 3-day training course on “Development of Sustainable Transgenic Technology, Commercialization and Post-release Monitoring” within the framework of the OIC Cotton Training Programme (OIC-CTP) in Ankara, Turkey, on 08-10 May 2018.
The training course was focused mainly on the introduction of Molecular Biology, its applications and achievements; the success story of Zea Mays Genetic Modification; the identification of economically important agronomic traits and their characterizations, prospects of biotechnology and future developments, genetic transformation of cotton, as well as molecular evaluation of transgenic cotton plans, among others.
Participants had the chance to learn techniques on molecular biology with regard to genetic modification, detection of genetically modified organisms, cotton variety approval, and field evaluation, so that they can utilize these methods in their own labs to transform plants & to detect the GMOs of interest.
Scientists from CEMB offered to participants training on the use of advanced molecular biology technology. Furthermore, the course was included lectures and demonstrations on methods and techniques on how to improve the agriculture of OIC countries.
Cotton plays and important role in the economy of OIC countries, where 22 members are among the top 40 cotton-producing countries in the world. However, they share only 26,2% of the total world production, less than that of China and USA together (44%), leaving room for more improvements and adoption of new methods and techniques in the field.