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Full genome sequencing of carp, dolphin of Halda river unveiled

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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The complete genome sequencing of four carp fishes and a dolphin of the Halda River, the only natural carp-spawning ground in the country, has been unveiled.

Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Managing Director Dr Nomita Halder made the announcement of the genome sequencing through a virtual programme on Tuesday.

 She also virtually inaugurated a research and training centre with a hatchery at Raozan in Chattogram.

 The PKSF managing director assured the PKSF will provide continuous support for conserving the Halda river ecosystem and the fish species therein.

The PKSF since 2016 has been implementing a special value chain program under the IFAD-funded PACE project through a Partner Organization named Integrated Development Foundation (IDF) for the conservation and development of the Halda River.

As part of the programme, the country’s first single river-based research institute “Halda River Research Laboratory” was established at the University of Chattogram.

The genome sequencing of four carp fishes and a dolphin was unveiled at the laboratory.  Professor Dr Manzoorul Kibria coordinated the research team led by Dr AMAM Zonaed Siddiki.

This genome sequencing will provide a comprehensive knowledge about the genetic formation, evolutionary origin, conservation and the population genetics of major carp fishes and dolphins of this region.

A research and training center with a hatchery has been set up to provide research assistance and training to students and development workers interested in the Halda River. The journey of this center officially began on Tuesday with its inauguration.

PKSF Additional Managing Director Mr Md Fazlul Kader thanked all stakeholders including the local administration, public representatives, social organizations and government authorities for the successful implementation of PKSF’s activities centered on the Halda river.

During the event, Halda River Research Lab Coordinator Prof Dr Manzoorul Kibria gave a presentation on the Halda river-based value chain sub-project and Prof Dr AMAM Zonaed Siddiki on the full genome sequencing of carp fishes.