A 45-post collection

Breeding values of studying Cucumber Mosaic Virus

Being ultramicroscopic obligatory parasites, viruses are quite difficult to study. In ancient time, plant viral diseases were identified based on only symptoms. Controlling viral diseases of plants has always been difficult as virus has no cellular components. Molecular biology has changed the world of virology, pathology etc. Since Watson and »

Food Biotechnology in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is an agro-economy based country with a large population compared to its land area and resources. With the country's population projected to reach 192.9 million by 2025 and economic growth transforming the lives of millions, our food demand is expected to be much higher than its current growth »

ASRBC Techniques: Gel purification

Gel-purification is a standard procedure performed to recover desired DNA fragments from agarose gels after electrophoretic separation. After dissolving the gel fragment and running it through a specialized filter, this procedure yields DNA freed from impurities such as salts, free nucleotides and enzymes, suitable for downstream applications. The first step »

Fungal Pathogen Identification

Wheat seeds from various accession numbers were selected in tissue culture lab for inoculating on MS media to check germination percentage. Five seeds were placed in each glass vial with solid MS media. Fungal contamination was observed on the 2nd day of the inoculation. Three glass vials (sample 1, sample »

ELISA: a Technique for Pathogen and Antibody Detection

The Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) is a universally used analytical biochemical assay to detect the presence of antibody otherwise antigen from a sample. It has been used as a diagnostic tool in medical and plant pathology, as well as a quality-control check in various industries. ELISA is a plate-based assay »

Late Blight Resistant GM/GE Potato in Bangladesh-Now a reality!

In Bangladesh, farmers usually spend BDT 80 -100 billion per year in spraying of fungicide to protect our major tuber crop, potato. This is just to control Late Blight disease caused by Phytophthora infestans, a fungus. According to Food and Agriculture Organization, in 2017 around 25-57% potato yield loss occurs »

Enabling Technologies for Personalized and Precision Medicine

Engineering approaches to precision medicine will harness population-wide data to identify individualized treatment strategies. Personalized medicine harnesses a subject’s own data to individualize their own care, from diagnosis through treatment selection and monitoring. Novel clinical trial designs will play a vital role in assessing the efficacy and safety of »

Research Updates from ASRBC

ACI Agribusiness has started biotechnological studies under the Advance Seed Research and Biotech Centre (ASRBC) through Public-Private Partnership which is also encouraged by the Government of Bangladesh. At this moment via Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) collaborative research programs have been implemented with Dhaka University, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, Hajee Mohammad Danesh »

Gene Pyramiding

Developing elite breeding lines and varieties often requires plant breeders to combine desirable traits from multiple parental lines, particularly in the case of disease resistance. The process of combining traits, known as gene pyramiding, can be accelerated by using molecular markers to identify and keep plants that contain the desired »


Until two decades ago the genetic resources were getting depleted owing to the continuous depredation by man. It was imperative therefore that many of the elite, economically important and endangered species are preserved to make them available when needed. The conventional methods of storage failed to prevent losses caused due »

Management of Late Blight in Potato

The factors which are responsible for huge yield loss of potato are applied improper management strategies and pathogen behavior. Management strategies include forecasting, cultural, biological, varietal and chemical management. Forecasting is the better option for management of late blight, if accurately forecasted and promptly information reaches to the endusers. Infected »