Biotechnology Research Programme

Head Biotechnology Research

Name: Dr. Maimuna Mohammed AbdulMalik
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The Programm was established in 2010 and saddled with the responsibility of carrying out Basic and applied Research in agriculture using tools of molecular biology, genetic engineering and biotechnology. Basic research programmes in modern biotechnology have been supported to provide new vistas to the knowledge required for understanding the intricacies involved in any applied research.The programme was established to:


i. Spread general awareness for the optimum utilization of biotechnology in the different sectors.

ii. Optimally focus resources for Research and Development in biotechnology.

iii. Develop competent human resources at different levels in the field of biotechnology.

iv. Promote the field of bioinformatics; this draws support from information technology.

v. Provide an appropriate institutional framework to achieve the above objectives.




Concerted efforts were made to promote and strenghthen the area of agricultural biotechnology. The program is directed to major problems of development of transgenc for both quality and quantity improvement and basic research in the area of plant molecular biology. The programme is collaborating with both National and International agencies and laboratories for the smooth running of its activities. Recently, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Biotechnology Programme (IAR) and the Internatational for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan for sourcing for genuine equipment consumables at appropriate cost.



The program has been supporting plant tissue culture with the main objective of developing regeneration protocols of economically important crops; field performance was tested for the tissu culture raised plants in a number of plantation crops. However, the outstanding achievements since its inception were:

i. Well-equipped laboartory, confinement and cointainment facilities were established.

ii. Efficacy trial of Bt cowpea have been completed and extended to multilocational trial testing in Zamfara and Kano.

ii. Protocols for micropropagation of pineapple and sugarcane have been developed.

iv. Protocols for in-vitro regeneration of Sorghum, enhanced production of anthocyanin through callus culture have been achieved.

5. Mapping population for Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) associated with iron and zinc in cowpea have also been developed.

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