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In 1995, the UNESCO Biotechnology Educational and Research Center (BERCEN) was established at B.U. by the Biotechnology Action Council (BAC). This followed a proposal submitted by Dr. Naim Iraki, and a positive response by Prof. Indra Vasil, (University of Florida, USA) and Chairman of the BAC.
The UNESCO BERCEN aims at promoting the development of plant molecular biology research as well as Agricultural Biotechnology in the Palestinian areas and Arab countries. This aim is achieved by means of three types of activities:
1. Establishment of a laboratory for detection of bacterial and viral diseases in plant propagation material.
2. Development of a tomato cultivar resistant to tomato yellow leaf culr virus.
Director andPrincipal Investigator