Minister of Innovation Development speaks at Australia’s prestigious cotton conference
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Minister of Innovation Development, Academician Ibrohim Abdurahmonov attends the 78th plenary meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) on “Global Leadership: Expanding the Boundaries of Cotton”, held on 1-5 December in Brisbane (Australia).
The world’s leading scientists, manufacturers, marketers, analysts, agricultural suppliers and representatives of banks are taking part in intensive discussions about the global cotton situation and innovations in this field.
Academician Ibrohim Abdurakhmonov made a presentation at the event entitled “Cotton germplasm resources: development and exchange”. In his speech, the Minister noted that the storage of germplasm - germplasm plasma resources is extremely important for ensuring food security in the current period of globalization and technological progress, noting that the cotton germplasm preserved around the world is a unique wealth that has preserved humanity.
In an ever-growing population of the planet, it is important to ensure the stability of cotton growing. Given the fact that changes in climatic conditions, drought adversely affect the quality and productivity of cotton, it is important to select fertile plant genes that are resistant to sharp changes in the environment, to develop germination of cotton.
Considering that Uzbekistan has the world’s largest collection of cotton germplasm, it is advisable to conduct research and innovation in this direction together with researchers from our country and foreign representatives of this field.
Mr. Abdurakhmonov also spoke about the work carried out in the Genomics and Bioinformatics Center of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan in this area, about the results achieved and plans for the future.
In particular, 60 thousand tons of cotton fiber are grown annually from the Porlock series cotton varieties, which are products of genetic engineering. They discussed the prospects of an experiment on technology transfer in the direction of cotton genetics, created in Uzbekistan, in the United States with other countries.