Saturday, November 12, 2011



Dr Kanwarpal Singh Dhugga, Dupont Agricultural Biotechnology, Pioneer Hi-Bred, International Johnston, Iowa, USA, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. He delivered a lecture on "Biotechnology in industry: from discovery to commercialization" at the seminar organized by the PAU Science Club.

The PAU alumnus Dr Dhugga shed light on the impact of modern technology on plant breeding. He said that crop improvement goes well beyond phenotypic evaluation in seeking and modifying molecular mechanisms so as to alter phenotypes favourably. Dwelling upon the new traits that have come into the ambit of crop improvement, Dr Dhugga cited the example of Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) and the seeking of gene modifications for this purpose. In biotechnology, the need for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) strategies is not just for technology protection, said he and laid emphasis on the freedom to operate.

On this occasion, Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, Vice- Chancellor, PAU, honoured Dr Dhugga with a memento. Those present included Dr B.S. Ahluwalia, Ex-Staff Member, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Dr S.S. Gosal, Director of Research, Dr R.S. Sidhu, Dean, College of Basic Sciences and Humanities, Dr B.S. Sohal, Controller of Examinations, faculty and the postgraduate students of the PAU.

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