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Been A Successful Journey In Quest For Nutritional Security: Dr Ramesh Sonti

National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), Mohali marked its 10th Foundation Day with a technical lecture on “Recessive Resurrection As A New Genetic Phenomenon” by Padma Shri awardee and Director of Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Mohali Prof. J. Gowrishankar.

Speaking on the occasion, NABI Executive Director Dr Rakesh V Sonti said the institute is playing a pivotal role in India’s quest for achieving nutritional security, after the green revolution transformed the country from a food scarcity nation in the 1960s to a food surplus state.

Been A Successful Journey In Quest For Nutritional Security: Dr Ramesh Sonti, Lifeinchd

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Among the mandates and research areas of the institute, which have been achieved to a significant extent already, is to develop designer crops with high nutrition, increased shelf life and processing quality.

Among some of the laurels of the institute has been development of low glycemic (GI) wheat lines which ensure release of comparatively low quantities of glucose in the body and at a much slower rate.

Developing a 20-fold higher content of beta carotene, a vital antioxidant for overall wellbeing of the human body, in banana fruit has been another achievement of the institute, he added.

“It has been a wonderful decade long journey for the institute during which it has been successful in combining excellence in science with development of products relevant to society,” Dr Sonti remarked.

Been A Successful Journey In Quest For Nutritional Security: Dr Ramesh Sonti, Lifeinchd

The institute’s Founding Director Dr Rakesh Tuli and another Past Director Dr RS Sangwan were honoured on the occasion, along with achievers in the field of scientific research and sports.   

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