The ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai on 29th October 2020 to boost the collaborative research in Quality Improvement of Cotton Cellulosic Biopolymer by Gamma Irradiation for their use in Medical and Food Industries.
Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT and Chairman of the Coordination / Progress Review Committee mentioned that this collaboration will be focused on the application of Gamma radiation to improve the quality of cellulose and cotton seed protein for diversified applications, development of biodegradable packaging and functional food products from Gamma irradiated biopolymer or its nanocellulosic form. The Associate Director of Biosciences Group from BARC will be the Co-Chairman of this committee.
While cellulosic biopolymer from agro-biomass has wide applications in textile, medical and food industries, Gamma irradiation is known to improve the functionality of different polymers including cellulose and its derivatives. This collaboration aims at exchanging the expertise and facilities available from both the organizations for the ultimate benefit of cotton farmers, food processing and packaging, and pharmaceutical industries.