LAHORE - The Institute of Biochemistry & Biotechnology of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences organised a two-day “International Conference on Livestock Genomics” yesterday.

Prof Dr Kausar Abdullah Malik, professor of biotechnology from Forman Christian (FC) College Lahore, and Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha chaired the inaugural session of the workshop while Dean Faculty of Biosciences Prof Dr Habib-ur-Rehman, Director Institute of Biochemistry & Biotechnology Wasim Shahzad and a large number of participants, UVAS students and faculty member attended.

Speaking on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor called for breed improvement for enhancing livestock productivity to ensure nutrition security of the increasing population of the country.

He said that the conference’s primary focus was to review past efforts in livestock genomics and identify new potential field which is promising in enhancing animal genomics capabilities. He said livestock was important in supporting the livelihoods of poor farmers and key to revival of the crisis-hit agriculture sector.

Prof Dr Kausar Abdullah Malik said that modern molecular techniques are advancing at a great pace more specifically the field of bioinformatics bringing about fantastic discoveries in terms of understanding the molecular mechanisms deriving cellular function.

Dr Wasim Shahzad described the objectives of the workshop which focuses livestock genomics technologies\genetic markers for selection of superior animals, genomic strategies for disease control, reproductive biotechnology and assisted reproductive techniques and biodiversity, genetic conservation and bioinformatics and evolution of “OMIC” tools. A posters’ competition was also arranged on the occasion. Prof Habib-ur-Rehman presented the vote of thanks.

The aim of the conference is to provide innovative knowledge in molecular techniques for improvement of livestock, continuously replacing the previous methodologies, genomics methodologies for improved livestock capabilities and conceptual interaction.

Later, Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha presented the souvenir to Prof Dr Kausar Abdullah.