LAHORE - Vice-Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will be the chief guest at a one-day symposium being organised by the PU department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in collaboration with the Monsanto, Pakistan on the subject of Current Agro Biotechnology and Transgenic Plants to be held at a local hotel on Monday (today). Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain, Dean Life Sciences/Chairperson Dept of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics will present the welcome address. The symposium program includes lectures by invited speakers and poster presentations by the scientists including young scientists. The 21st century, which began with a population of 6.1 billion in the year 2000, will increase to 9.2 billion by 2050. The challenge of doubling food production in only 50 years has become an intimidating task in itself. The most promising scientific strategy at this time to increase the global foodstuff, nourishment and yarn productivity is to combine the best of the old and new technology. This will be attained by integrating the best of conventional crop technology and the best of crop biotechnology applications including novel traits. Appreciation of such strategy will allow global society to benefit from the fundamental contribution of both conventional and modern innovative plant breeding. Current agro biotechnology will help to overcome at this serious stage in the history of a world that is desperately struggling with food security as a potential threat. This platform helps to bridge the gap among the scientific communities throughout the world in terms of existing and still expanding frontiers of agro biotechnology.