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ICAR- Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology Signs MoU with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre

Abha Toppo
Abha Toppo
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The ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Maharashtra.

The Memorandum of Understanding is aimed at improving collaborative research in Quality Improvement of Cotton Cellulosic Biopolymer by Gamma Irradiation for their application in Medical as well as Food Industries.

Dr. P.G. Patil, Director of ICAR-CIRCOT and Chairman, Coordination / Progress Review Committee said that the MoU would be focused on the use of Gamma radiation for improving the quality of cellulose & cotton seed protein for diversified applications, development of biodegradable packaging & functional food products from the Gamma irradiated biopolymer or its nanocellulosic form.

It must be noted that while cellulosic biopolymer from agro-biomass has wide use in medical, food and textile industries, the Gamma irradiation is known to improve the functionality of different polymers that includes cellulose and its derivatives.

The partnership aims at exchanging the expertise & facilities available from both the organizations for the ultimate benefits of cotton growers, food processing & packaging and pharmaceutical industries.

Source: ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology

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