Mr. Askif Pasaribu and Mrs. Yovita Sutanto, MSc. – Monsanto Indonesia representatives visited Department of Agronomy and Horticulture to discuss implementation of biotech training for Monsanto staffs in this department. The agreement to conduct Biotech Training for Monsanto staffs was signed by Dr. Agus Purwito (Head of Department of Agronomy and Horticulture) and Mr. Askif Pasaribu (Monsanto Representative) while they were visiting Department Agronomy and Horticulture in March 21, 2012.
The title of the training activities is “BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF GENETIC ENGINEERING WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIZE ON INSECT RESISTANCE AND HERBICIDE TOLERANCE.”
The objectives of this training activity are to introduce to participants about the potential and limitations of genetic engineering, the process of genetic engineering and transgenic plant regeneration, the use of transgenic plants to develop herbicide tolerance and insect resistance crops, the importance of resistance management in transgenic plant deployment and the existence of environmental and food safety regulation – the need to regulate transgenic plant prior to deployment. In addition to lecture acitivities, a number of demonstration activities about genetic transformation mediated with Agrobacterium and gene gun (particle bombardment) and the analysis of transgenic plants using PCR will also be conducted during the training activities.
The training activities will be conducted at the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) and with the possible visit to ICABIOGRAD (Balitbiogen), Bogor – INDONESIA during the last day. The three (3) days training activities will be conducted at The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Fac. of Agriculture, IPB in April 24-26, 2012. Five to six Monsanto Indonesia staffs will participate in the training program.
Monsanto Indonesia representatives also visited Dean of Faculty of Agriculture and discuss about possible future activities that can be developed together between IPB and Monsanto Indonesia. The Dean indicated his interest in food security issues while Monsanto Indonesia’s suggest that a number of emerging technologies that Monsanto has developed may be able to contribute to solving some of the possible constrains hampering food securities in Indonesia. A mutual understanding about the important issues of food security in Indonesia was reached at the end of the discussion.
All PMB Lab staffs and associated graduate students wish the Biotech Training will be successful. We hope that this Biotech Training will be the start of a number of join activities between Monsanto Indonesia and Department of Agronomy and Horticulture in the future.