Bangladesh discloses genome sequencing of jute   2010-06-16 19:55:51 FeedbackPrintRSS

DHAKA, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh disclosed genome sequencing of jute after long research by the country's scientists and researchers.

The Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced it in the Parliament on Wednesday.

"With this great scientific success, Bangladesh joins a few countries in the world ... that could disclose the genome sequencing of jute," Hasina told the Parliament amidst cheers and thumping desks by Parliament members.

The Prime Minister said this discovery would help develop the jute fiber, production of new jute seeds compatible with hostile weather caused by the climate change, curb diseases and help develop the jute industry.

"Genome sequencing will help redeem the lost glory of our jute and jute products, immensely contribute to our economy and help transform jute fiber into golden fiber and bring smile to millions of jute farmers," Hasina said.

The Prime Minister said this discovery has opened a new door of opportunity and it needs more research with the involvement of millions of jute growers and people related to the jute industry.

The Bangladeshi scientist Moksudul Alam who earlier discovered genome sequence of papaw in the U.S. and rubber plant in Malaysia disclosed the genome sequencing of jute.

He was assisted by a team of some young agriculture scientists and researchers from bio-chemistry and bio-technology departments of Dhaka University, Jute Research Center, Data Soft System Company,an institute of Malaysia and University of Hawaii.

Editor: Han Jingjing
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