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Commentary - Journal of Plant Biotechnology and Microbiology (2022) Volume 5, Issue 1

Potential applications of plant biotechnology.

Pravallika Maddel*

Department of Biotechnology, University of JNTUH, Hyderabad, India

*Corresponding Author:
Pravallika Maddel
Department of Biotechnology
University of JNTUH

Received: 22-Jan-2022, Manuscript No. AAPBM-22-105; Editor assigned: 25-Jan-2022, PreQC No. AAPBM-22-105(PQ); Reviewed: 09-Feb-2022, QC No. AAPBM-22-105; Revised: 17-Feb-2022, Manuscript No. AAPBM-22-105(R); Published: 25-Feb-2022, DOI:10.35841/aapbm-5.1.105

Citation: Maddel P. Potential Applications of plant biotechnology. J Plant Bio Technol. 2022;5(1):105

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