A four-day International Conference on ‘Low Temperature Science and Biotechnological Advances' began at New Delhi from 27th April.
In his inaugural address Dr S Ayyappan, secretary, Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) and director general, Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) mentioned it as a unique opportunity of having an international event on cryobiology for the first time in Asia to bring together the research leaders of diverse disciplines working on crops, veterinary, aquatic species, microbial biotechnology and medical sciences.
The conference is being organised by ICAR-NBPGR and National Academy Agricultural Sciences, India in collaboration with Society for Low Temperature Biology (SLTB), UK and Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Kew, UK.
Dr Maurizio Lambardi from National Research Council of Italy who is the immediate past chair of SLTB co-chaired the inaugural session. Prof. R B Singh, immediate past president, NAAS and Dr JS Sandhu (DDG, Crop science) gave their remarks as Guests of Honour. Prof. Hugh Pritchard, head, Seed Biology, RBG, Kew delivered the inaugural lecture entitled ‘Plant cryopreservation: Scale, Scope and Hope'. Prof. Pritchard highlighted the importance and need of seed banking through global partnership.
Dr KC Bansal, director, NBPGR and organising secretary and Dr Rekha Chaudhury, convenor, extended warm welcome and thanked the delegates for their participation.