Prof (Dr.Miss) Mercy Devasahayam
B.Sc., M.Biotech., D.Phil

Center for Transgenic Studies,
Shuats, Rewa Road, Naini-211007
Phone: +91-9565824739
Fax: +91-532-2684394

Center for Transgenic Studies
The university has been running crop / plant breeding programmes for the past many years and the it is in a position to release few varieties of wheat and paddy. Due to the limitations in the traditional breeding methods, as the full potential of the gene of the crop is never exploited, the Center for Transgenic Studies (CTS) is established and operates under the Faculty of Agriculture of the university.

The concept of sustainable development forms the basis for a wide variety of international and national policy making. World population continues to expand at the rate of 80 million people per year and the demand for natural resources continues to escalate. Considerable body of evidence has accrued since the first commercial growing of transgenic crops which suggests that they can contribute in all three pillars of sustainability, i.e., economic, environmental and social. Presently biotech crops occupy more than one billion hectares globally. As the world population continues to rise it would be wise to develop transgenic crops as one of the tools that can help meet aspirations for increasingly sustainable global development. The CTS has been developed to train individuals in the development of transgenic crops to demonstrate its benefits in all spheres of agriculture development and extension. CTS presently has an MTA with the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi on the development of Bt guava using Bacillus thuringiensis cystal protein Cry1Ac etc. While the focus of CTS is predominantly on the development of transgenic crops CTS also has an MTA with the US agriculture research service for the development of transgenic cattle.

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