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Jute genome decoder Maqsudul Alam passes away

  • Published at 02:51 am December 21st, 2014

Scientist Dr Maqsudul Alam, the decoder of the genome sequence of the indigenous variety of jute, has died at the age of 60.

The scientist breathed his last while undergoing treatment at the Queen’s Hospital of Hawaii in the United States (US) early Sunday, BSS reported.

He will be buried at a local graveyard in Hawaii on Monday.

He left behind his wife, a daughter and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock at the death of the noted scientist.

Maksudul, who was a professor of the University of Hawaii, led the team of scientists to decode the genome sequence of Tossa (high-yielding variety) jute.

Genome sequence allows scientists to identify and understand how genes work together for the plant’s different features like growth, development and maintenance as an entire organism.  

Later they also sequenced the DNA mapping of a fungus, Macrophomina Phaseolina, which reduces yield of more than 500 species of crops including jute, soybean, cotton, tobacco, maize and sunflower. 

Maksudul himself had achieved two more milestones in genomics - sequencing the genomes of Papaya and Rubber.