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Queensland University of Technology Signs Biotechnology Pact with India to Develop Iron-rich Bananas

from News Track India

Australia's Queensland University of Technology and the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, have entered into a $AUD 2.6-million (approximately Rs 148 million) partnership to help stamp out iron-deficiency anemia, a major cause of maternal death during childbirth. The project will see new strains of iron-rich bananas developed and will be jointly led by QUT's Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities Director, Distinguished Professor James Dale and Dr Rakesh Tuli of the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute. Other partners include the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, National Research Centre for Bananas, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research. "Bananas are a staple food in India, particularly in the south of the country," said Professor Dale. "Once we develop the new banana varieties they should be widely available and provide a rich and easily accessible source of iron." more

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