Visit of B. Tech Biotechnology Students to National Agriculture Genetic Resources Center (Genebank), Khumaltar, Lalitpur

April 10, 2017

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), more than 75% of global crop diversity has disappeared irrevocably over the 20th century (1900 to 2000). A large number of wild relatives of important food crops are also likely to disappear over the next decades due to climate change. The Government of Nepal and Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) has established the National Agriculture Genetic Resources Center (Genebank) in 2010 for conservation and utilization of agro-biodiversity. The students of AITM, Department of Biotechnology, Fifth Semester (2014 Batch) and Seventh Semester (2013 batch) visited Gene Bank, Khumaltar, Lalitpur on April 10, 2017 accompanied by Mr. Hari Krishan Saiju, Head, and two Lecturers Mr. Rabin Shrestha and Mr. Mahesh Maharjan, Department of Biotechnology, AITM. The students were briefed by Senior Scientist about conservation strategies. They were briefed on Ex-situ conservation techniques.

a.Seed Conservation as base and active collections (Seed bank)
b.In-vitro Conservation (cold storage and cryopreservation) (Tissue bank)
c.DNA bank
d.Field Genebank

1.On-farm Conservation
2.In-situ Conservation

The students visited field of different varieties of barley, wheat, buckwheat, being cultivated in the field. The students were benefitted by the field visit in the genebank.



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