Press Release – Attendance Explodes at ICAC's Biotechnology Roundtable
Attendance Explodes at ICAC's Biotechnology Roundtable
If there are any doubts about how much interest there is in biotechnological advances in
cotton, they were put to rest on the opening day of ICAC's 71st Plenary Conference. Held
on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Interlaken, Switzerland, approximately 100 people were in the
audience during the meeting of the Roundtable on Biotechnology in Cotton. When the
roundtable was held during last year's ICAC Meeting in Buenos Aires, the number of
attendees barely reached double digits.
The increase in attendance was no accident, according to Rafiq Chaudry, head of ICAC's
Technical Information Section. "We encouraged attendance and input from everyone who
has an interest in biotechnology's role in cotton," Chaudry said. "The use of biotechnology
will have an impact on the entire industry, not just the panel members."
Much of the interest is coming from developing nations, whose industries are desperate for
the improvements that biotechnology can provide in terms of yield, as well as pest and
weed control. But things are rarely that easy, according to the chair of the Rountable, Dr.
"It's not as simple as picking up a cotton plant from one region and planting it in a different
one, he says. "Cotton varieties are very sensitive to specific environmental conditions.
Added to that, there are many challenges that plague only specific regions, such as the boll
weevil in the Western Hemisphere and leaf-curl virus in Pakistan."
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