Nature Biotechnology, the world’s leading biotechnology journal, recently featured Dr Rajeev K Varshney as one of the 25 global researchers in biotechnology answering two important questions: “What will be the most important areas of research in biotech over the coming years?” and “Which technologies will be most important to advance knowledge and applications in these areas?” Dr Varshney, Research Program Director, Genetic Gains, ICRISAT, is the only agricultural scientist among the 25 researchers.
Responding to Nature Biotech’s call “Voices of biotech research” for its 25th Anniversary collection, Dr Varshney highlighted the integration of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence with the huge volume of datasets now available to researchers due to the latest genome sequencing tools and platforms. He opined that it would be an exciting area of biotech research for enhancing the accuracy of genomic prediction for accelerated crop improvement programs. The full feature on Voices of biotech research can be accessed here https://doi.org/10.1038/s41587-021-00847-1.
ICRISAT’s Center of Excellence in Genomics & Systems Biology (CEGSB), together with its partners and collaborators, have been leading and advancing genomic research for accelerating crop improvement programs in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In this process, while conducting high-quality research ICRISAT’s CEGSB (https://cegsb.icrisat.org/) has published more than 400+ high-quality articles including 15 papers in Nature Journals.