Institution name: Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute
AGERI activities were launched at 1989 as a UNDP funded project called the National Agricultural Genetic Engineering Laboratory (NAGEL).Then Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute (AGERI) joined ARC as the newest institute presenting the main vehicle within the agricultural arena for the transfer and application of biotechnology and genetic engineering future sciences.
AGERI is composed by six scientific departments: Biocomputing & Network, Microbial Molecular Biology, Molecular genetics & genome mapping, Nucleic Acid & Protein Structure, Plant Genetic Transformation and Plant Molecular Biology, to serve the following objectives:
– Conducting Basic agricultural research to find non traditional solutions for some demanding or insistent problems through biotechnology applications.
– Establishment of rules to maintain the intellectual property rights in the field of biotechnology.
– Interaction with the private sector to serve the different products on the local and regional level using different techniques of biotechnology.
– Conducting various studies to determine the potential environmental risks of the genetically engineered crops and prove their safety for the environment.
Some of AGERI research achievements:
– Transgenic potato lines expressing Bt toxin genes have been developed and evaluated against potato tuber moth (PTM) resistance.
– Development an insect-resistant long-staple GM cotton strain by crossing Egyptian elite germplasm with Monsanto’s Bollgard II.
– Development a corn borer-resistant maize and drought-tolerant wheat.
– Development potato lines resistant to potato virus X (PVX), potato virus Y (PVY) and potato leaf roll virus (PLRV); melon and squash lines resistant to zucchini yellow mosaic virus (ZYMV) in addition to tomato lines resistant to the whitefly transmitted Geminivirus, tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV).
AGERI has successfully put in place the physical and management structures to meet the research demand. AGERI will provide the project with the following tools: (PCR Thermo-cyclers, Electrophoresis systems (DNA and protein), Western blotting and ELISA tools, Centrifuges, -80 freezers, Greenhouses and Laminar flow.