Complementary Conservation of germplasm attains extremely importance in the context of climate change experienced world over. ICAR-CPCRI is pioneer in standardizing cryopreservation techniques for recalcitrant crops like coconut and arecanut. As part of its education programmes envisaged in the centenary year, a workshop on ‘cryopreservation of plant germplams’ was conducted on 2 November 2016. Besides scientists from ICAR institutes, over 80 Ph. D scholars and Post Graduate students from Kerala Agricultural University, Central University of Kerala, Mangalore University and St. Aloysius College, Mangalore participated in the Workshop.
Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director, ICAR-CPCRI in his presidential address mentioned about the efforts of the Institute in conserving large germplasm of its mandate crops viz., coconut, arecanut and cocoa. Dr. K. Nirmal Babu, Director ICAR-IISR inaugurated the workshop and delivered a talk on ‘Invitro conservation technique in spices plant genetic resource management’. Following the inaugural address, four technical presentations and hands-on training session as in the following were made:
Dr. William Decruse, Scientist E-1, Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute, Palode, Thiruvananthapuram delivered a lecture on Cryopreservation of ex situ conservation of wild plant species of Western Ghats.
Dr. P.E. Rajasekharan, Principal Scientist, PGR Division, ICAR-IIHR, Bangalore, made a presentation on ‘Pollen Cryopreservation in Horticulture: Achievements and Challenges’ and also conducted a hands-on training the subject.
Dr. K. Chandran, Principal Scientist, ICAR-SBI Research Centre, Kannur given a talk on ‘Cryopreservation of sugarcane germplasm’
Dr. Anitha Karun, Principal Scientist & Head, Crop Improvement, ICAR-CPCRI gave a lecture on ‘Cryopreservation of Coconut and Arecanut Germplasm’
Dr. M. K. Rajesh, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CPCRI proposed vote of thanks