Hyderabad, Sep 4 (UNI) The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), a public-funded advanced agricultural research institute has generated research products that have a significant impact on improving agricultural productivity in the semi-arid tropics in the developing countries of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
The research products were designated as International Public Goods (IPGs), and are available without patent protection for the benefit of people across the globe.
Director General of ICRISAT, William Dar, in a statement said the IPGs generated by the Institute have strengthened agricultural productivity and livelihood security of the poor farmers.
They have contributed to strengthen conventional and modern crop improvement technologies, natural resource management, genebank management, village level studies, improvement of seed systems and development of markets for agricultural produce, Dr Dar added.
In the past five years ICRISAT has made breakthroughs in genomics with the development of protocols and information and analysis systems for molecular characterisation and gene mining of mandate crops and their pests, diseases and bio-control agents.
ICRISAT draws its strength for crop improvement research from its rich and diverse germplasm collection.
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