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National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)


The main objectives of BIOTEC are to induce dynamics in research, development and application of biotechnology in order to support technology development and adoption in both public and private institutions. This is achieved through establishing research programmes, which include funding and programme management, as well as establishing research laboratories in collaboration with universities and government agencies. BIOTEC is a granting agency that also maintains its own research laboratories. The Centre also engages in human resource development, management and technical services, technology investment, public awareness, information services and international cooperation.

Main Research Topics

Our agricultural biotechnology programme is divided into the following sub-programmes: Rice Biotechnology, Seed Technology Programme, Shrimp Biotechnology Programme, Cassava and Starch Technology Programme, BioSafety Programme and Food Research and Innovation Promotion Programme. In addition to agricultural biotechnology, the Centre also supports the following programmes: Environmental Biotechnology; Bioresources Management and Utilisation; and Medical Biotechnology.

Collaboration with the GCP

Our current project with GCP involves the training of plant breeders in the Mekong Subregion to use marker-assisted selection to improve the grain quality as well as the tolerance to drought and salinity of farmer-preferred rice varieties. BIOTEC is committed to serving as a training site to transfer knowledge and technology to NARS in the region through its short courses, training workshops and lab attachment programmes.


Rice, cassava, sugarcane, oil palm, corn and vegetable (tomato, cucumber, chili)

Major Partners

Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB)
Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (DOB-NITE) of Japan
Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST)


BIOTEC Website