GROWING NIGERIA’S AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (A REVIEW)
Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (Recombinant DNA Technology) alongside Nanotechnology are some of the fastest emerging Scientific and Technological revolutions of the twenty first (21st C) century. The fact however remains that Local Agricultural biotechnology as opposed to the recently advanced/current biotechnology has been practiced by various communities all over the world. It is pertinent to note that our ancestors especially in sub-Saharan parts of Africa have utilized one form or the other of crude but ingenious skills and techniques in diverse agricultural/industrial applications. Modern biotechnology as we know or learnt now is nothing but the development of such local or indigenous processes by our ancestors through scientific and technological breakthroughs of our time. Thanks to the discovery of DNA -the wonder molecule that carries such an enormous unprecedented reservoir of information in every living organism-whose manipulation gave rise to various organism of interest and contributing to the economies of most Nations. This review is therefore an attempt to reconsider some of our useful local agricultural age long practices with a view to proffering ways of growing them for sustainable national development.
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