Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-06-03 10:41 Mysuru: The farmer should be kept in mind when undertaking research in botany for the sake of sustainable development, said Gulbarga University Vice-Chancellor SR Niranjana on Thursday. Speaking at a special lecture series on 'Advancement of Research and Development in Plant Science in 21st Century', held as part of University of Mysore Centenary Celebration, Niranjana cited the example of hybrid products introduced to tackle food shortage. Most of the farmers are now using BT seeds and not naturally grown seeds. Therefore, research has to focus on enhancing food crops, he said. All research has to patented as well so that it would help in commercialising the concepts. Unless research benefits farmers, it would not get a good response in the market, said Niranjana. University of Mysore Vice-Chancellor K S Rangappa, INSA Senior Scientist Platinum Jubilee Fellow of Osmania University Professor C Manoharachary were also present.