Rita Teaotia, Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, inaugurated the Diamond Jubilee Block of Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII), where Advanced Centre for Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (ACMBB) is going to function.
She also inaugurated the second phase of International Clone Museum of RRII by planting a root trainer plant.
She had an interaction with the scientists and senior officers of the Board. Sanjay Chadha and Dammu Ravi, both Joint Secretaries, and B Praveen, Director, from Ministry of Commerce, also attended the meeting. A. Ajith Kumar, Chairman, Rubber Board, welcomed the gathering and Dr. James Jacob, Director, RRII, proposed a vote of thanks.
ACMBB conducts research on the molecular basis of genetic improvement of natural rubber trees and biotechnological interventions for developing Genetically Modified (GM) rubber using different genes of commercial importance.
The International Hevea Clone Museum inaugurated at RRII is a repository of advanced genetic resources from across the world. It has imported 44 high-yielding and disease-resistant rubber clones from 10 different countries, which are at advanced stages of field trials.