ICAR-sponsored short course on “Breeding for resistance to pest and diseases in plantation crops” concluded at CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam on 30-11-2017

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An ICAR-sponsored short course on ‘Breeding for resistance to pests and diseases in plantation crops’ was conducted at ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam during 21-30 November, 2017. Prof. P.K. Michael Tharakan, Chairman, KCHR, Thiruvananthapuram & Former Vice Chancellor, Kannur University inaugurated the short course on 21-11-2017 and delivered a scintillating lecture on ‘Historiography of plantation crops’ correlating the role of plantation crops like rubber and coconut for the higher literacy level in Kerala. He also opined that in the case of rubber, scale of economy played a major role in area expansion whereas the area expansion under coconut was attributed to policies of the Raja Kesava Das (Dewan of Travancore during the reign of Karthika Thirunal Rama Varma).  Dr. Chandrika Mohan, Head i/c highlighted the accomplishments of the Regional Station. The training manual of the short course was released on the occasion. Dr. R.V. Nair, Former Head, Division of Crop Improvement, CPCRI and Dr. K. Umamaheswaran, Associate Director of Research (Southern Region), Kerala Agricultural University offered felicitations. Earlier Dr. Regi J. Thomas, Principal Scientist briefed about the content and schedule of the short course. Twenty scientists from ICAR institutes, research institutes under commodity boards as well as teachers from State Agricultural University participated in the programme. A wide array of lectures on various aspects of host plant resistance basics and definition, genome analysis in plantation crops, molecular detection of pathogens, transgene technology,  metagenomics, transcription analysis, QTL traits, genetic improvement aspects of plantation crops with special reference to pest and disease resistance, engineering centromeres in haploid development, pest and disease management have been delivered by experts in the respective field besides hands on practical sessions on breeding techniques, molecular tools for pest and disease detection, bioinformatics. The trainees were taken to Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kumily as well as Mangroves at Puthupally, Kayamkulam as part of educational tour.

The valedictory function was held on 30-11-2017 and Dr. P. Chowdappa, Director ICAR-CPCRI was the chief guest of the programme. Dr. Regi J. Thomas, Principal Scientist outlined the outcome of the training programme and highlighted three-fold increase in knowledge level among the participants.  In his valedictory address, Director urged the scientific fraternity to improve the production standards of plantation crops for which host plant resistance is a key factor and complimented the course director for envisioning the programme. He also appraised that the dynamics of crop diseases and pest influx are changing rapidly due to changing climate and the relevance and importance of appropriate management strategies.Dr. V. Krishnakumar, Head, ICAR-CPCRI, Regional Station, Kayamkulam and Dr. N. Surya Prakash Rao, Head, Division of Plant Breeding & Genetics, CCRI, Chikamagalur offered felicitations. In the feedback session, the trainees were all in praise of the course content and meticulous execution of the programme. They were extremely pleased with the lectures and hands on practical sessions. An E-Manual entitled ‘Breeding for resistance to pest and diseases in plantation crops’ was released on the occasion encompassing soft copies of the lecture notes as well as power point presentations. Certificates were distributed to all participants. Dr. A. Joseph Rajkumar. Principal Scientist proposed the vote of thanks.

Dr. Regi J. Thomas, Principal Scientist was the course director of the programme and Dr. A. Joseph Rajkumar, Principal Scientist and Dr. M. Shareefa, Scientist served as course associates.  



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