Starting Friday, a three-day seminar on bio-technology will be held at St. Aloysius College, to celebrate 25 years of economically useful and socially relevant research being implemented by the applied biology laboratory of the said school.

Briefing some reporters on Wednesday, K. Rajendra, the organising secretary of the seminar, said “it was for the first time in Karnataka that a first grade college is hosting a national seminar of this magnitude”. Famous biotechnologists from Bangalore, Chennai, Mangalore, Mumbai, Mysore, Patiala, Thrissur, Kasargod, Tuticorin, and the USA will speak about agriculture, cloning, environment, horticulture, diagnostics, health and medicine, as well as information science. C.S. Prakash, the director of the Centre for Plant Biotechnology Research in Tuskegee University will be conducting the keynote address. More than 250 delegates, including students, scientists, and research scholars are expected to partake in the deliberations. The applied biology laboratory was set out by Dr. Leo D'souza in 1976. This laboratory was one of the first to initiate bio-technology research in India.

Rajendra also said that the laboratory is associated to with the Bio-sciences Department of Mangalore University and Dr. Leo is a renowned guide for doctoral studies, having guided six researchers already in completing their own doctoral studies. Elaborating on the accomplishments of the laboratory, Rajendra also mentioned that the laboratory has completed research work on biotechnology for extensive growth of a few economically useful and helpful plants, such as coconut, cashew, as well as endangered, ornamental, and medicinal plants.

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