Memoranda of understanding for research collaboration were signed by the department of botany of St. Joseph’s College here with National Research Centre for Banana (NRCB) and Ansa Herbs and Foods on Tuesday.

The memoranda would enable the department to share the knowledge and expertise of the NRCB in banana research. The principal, Rev. Fr. F. Andrew, exchanged the documents with M. M. Mustaffa, Director, NRCB, and Balamurali, Director, Ansa Herbs and Foods.

Later, Mr. Mustaffa delivered the 44 Fr. Balam Memorial Endowment lecture on ‘recent advances in banana research.’ Rev. Fr. S. John Britto, Rector, presided over the function. R. Jeyachandran, head, department of botany, welcomed the gathering, and A. Egbert Selwin Rose, president, botany association, proposed the vote of thanks.

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