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Indonesia – Agricultural Biotechnology Lectures

2011 December

Indonesia is looking to biotechnology to help meet the future challenges of climate change and food security. As part of that commitment, students at universities have been learning more about agricultural biotechnology and its potential. About 250 students, graduate students and biology teachers at senior high schools recently attended information sessions organized by the University of Lampung, and the University of Gadjah Mada. The students learned how some products in early development stages could assist with Indonesia’s challenges such as nitrogen use efficient maize and rice; sugar cane, maize and rice that can withstand drought; and crops that reduce overall pesticide use. Julian Adams, PhD, and Asia Program Coordinator for PBS, gave lectures and shared a global perspective on this area.