The contract was executed by the OPGC Managing Director Venkatachalam Kuppusami and BHEL General Manager (Marketing) V Venkatakrishnan, in a signing ceremony.The contract for the balance of plant (ancillary and peripheral plants to the main plant) is under evaluation and will be awarded soon, the OPGC said in a statement.
The OPGC is a joint venture between the Odisha government and the US-based power giant AES Corporation.
As director of OPGC, David Tay is building a genebank to safeguard the gene pool of flowering plants worldwide.
OPGC is a joint effort involving the Agricultural Research Service, OSU (through the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center), and the American floriculture industry.
Samuel Contreras, one of seven OSU graduate students working with OPGC, is studying how temperature and water availability during seed production affect the quality of zinnia and marigold seeds.
"Chile is also one of many countries in the world that does not have the resources for germplasm conservation, so OPGC provides a way to save their native species' germplasm," Contreras says.