IOFS addressed the COMCEC – COMSTECH training Workshop on New Breeding Technology for Food and Nutritional Security, held in Ankara, Turkey November 30 to December 2. Dr. Ismail Abdelhamid, Director of Programs and Project office was representing IOFS in this event. In the opening ceremony, Dr. Abdelhamid conveyed to H.E. Prof. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, IOFS Director General, best wishes for the training workshop and his clear message that IOFS welcomes all cooperation from relevant OIC institutes. Dr. Ismail focused on IOFS activities on developing strategic commodities such as Wheat and rice. The address continued by mentioning the science and technology programs at IOFS with a special focus on water and the development of gene banks. In developing gene banks in MCs, it is important to mention the strong relation between IOFS and COMSTECH and between Prof. Yerlan A. Baidaulet, IOFS Director General, and prof. Muhammad Iqbal CHOUDHARY, chairman of COMSTECH. And how the two organizations succeeded to cover the training of all MCs in the OIC region and conducted an International conference on the development of gene banks last October in COMSTECH Headquarters.

The training workshop that will last for 3 days will cover training on Genome Editing vectors and protocols for Wheat, Rice, and Potato.

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