Over 400 agricultural scientists, biotechnologists and research scholars from across the country would hold series of deliberations on the relevance of ’Genomics and Crop Improvement’ at a national symposium to be held here from February 25.

The three-day symposium on ‘Genomics and Crop Improvement: Relevance and Reservations’ to be held at the Institute of Biotechnology on the Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) campus would be inaugurated by State Agriculture Minister Raghuveera Reddy.

Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) Director General Ayyappan would preside over the symposium, honorary director of Institute of Biotechnology E.A. Siddiq told reporters here on Tuesday.

The event will have four major technical sessions on genomics, molecular mapping and breeding and genetic engineering and transgenic, he said.

“We hope the event would provide a knowledgeable forum and an opportunity for balanced deliberation on relevance of and reservations against the innovative technologies the new bioscience offers,” Siddiq said.

A panel discussion on ‘Genetically Modified Crops: Advantages and Apprehensions’ involving scientists, policy makers and farmers representatives would be held.

An exhibition showcasing the ongoing research activities in agriculture/biotechnology related research institutes would also be organised during the symposium, Siddiq added.