page 11 of 12
Basudha’s Biotechnology Laboratory for Conservation was established in August 2014, under the auspices of Mr. Avik Saha, lawyer, conservationist and cultural activist. This is the country’s only research laboratory that is funded entirely by donations from individual friends, and where the principal scientists receive no salary.
The primary objectives of Basudha’s Laboratory are (1) to facilitate conservation of Critically Endangered and Rare flora and fauna and crop genetic diversity; (2) to conduct biochemical and molecular analyses of folk rice varieties, (3) examine nutraceutical properties of forgotten varieties of rice, vegetables and uncultivated food flora, and (4) publish findings of analyses in peer-reviewed scientific journals in order to preclude bio-piracy.
A recent progress report of our work in this laboratory can be downloaded here.