Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Current Affairs - 2020

India begins working on Genome Sequencing of COVID-19

The CCMB (Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology), CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) and IGIB (Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology) are working on genome sequencing of COVID-19.

Highlights

The Genome Sequencing is being done to understand the evolution of the virus. This will help to learn about the future aspects. The blood samples of COVID-19 positive patients are to be collected and sent to the centres. The sequencing process requires large amount data. Currently, GoI is stepping into the phase of collection of data. It is expected that in another 3 to 4 weeks the researchers will isolate at least 200 to 300 strands.

The National Institute of Virology, that was first in the country to isolate the virus has been requested with to provide virus samples collected from different places.

About Genome Sequencing

The Genome Sequencing is used to determine complete DNA Sequence of an organism. The Genome Sequencing will also help to learn about family tree of the virus. The virus are classified based on their morphology, mode of replication, nucleic acid type, host organism and type of diseases caused by them.

APEDA signs MoU to set up a Liason Office in Guwahati, Assam

On February 3, 2020, APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) signed MoU with CSIR-CFTRI (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Food Technological Research Institute). According to the agreement, the CSIR-CFTRI will provide technical support to the food industries in the North East Region.

Highlights

APEDA will set up a Liason Office. A Liason office connects people and coordinate activities between officers. The newly set up office will work towards promoting organic agricultural exports and food processing. The centre will also works in augmenting the export of traditional food products in the region.

Recent Measures of APEDA in the North East

The APDEA has launched several measures to develop the North East Region. It organized 5 international buyer seller meets in 2019. The meets were conducted in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim. It aimed at showcasing the potential of horticulture, organic foods and agriculture of the region.

Several outreach programmes have been organized to train the stakeholders of the North East region in export processes.