26) OU-ICRISAT Bag AP-Netherlands Biotech Project (June 2000)

Osmania University, Hyderabad, and ICRISAT have bagged a Rs 9.05 lakh (US$ 20,500) proposal to study pest resistance in pigeonpea. The project will be funded by the AP-Netherlands Biotechnology Program, through its Coordinating Agency, Institute of Public Enterprise, Hyderabad.

During the 3-year project, Dr D Manohar Rao, Department of Genetics, OU, and senior ICRISAT entomologist, Dr H C Sharma will investigate pest resistance in pigeonpea through inter-specific hybridization. Annual pigeonpea losses worldwide due to the podborer insect are estimated at Rs 4092 crores (US$ 927 million ). Over 90% of the world's pigeonpea is grown in India.

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