International Conference on Coconut Biodiversity
Kasaragod, 27 October, 2010
“Think together, share the information, and build the knowledge together to make coconut more productive to sustain the 'Tree of life' for the mankind”, said Dr. H.P. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture), ICAR while delivering the plenary lecture on "Dynamics and Co-kinetics of Coconut Research and Development in India" in the International Conference on Coconut Biodiversity. He dealt in detail on the constraints hampering the coconut production, achievements of coconut research in Indian, strategies of coconut development, organic farming, future lines of research with more emphasis on bioinformatics, biotechnology, genomic assisted selection and mapping the resistant genes. He also pointed out that coconut wilt is a cause of concern across the globe which has been proved to be caused by Phytoplasma by using molecular tools by the Indian Scientists.
Dr. Singh emphasized that in the interest of environment, there is need to have coconut plantation which could only be sustained if its uses and health aspect is appropriately addressed. Evidences suggest that coconut, especially virgin coconut oil, tender water and many products have capacity to protect against various diseases. This aspect needs more intensive studies. “We have succeeded in developing new cultivars, hybrids, production system management and also large number of products which require to be adopted, and researched together in partnership mode”, he added.
A Workshop on "Somatic Embryogenesis and Micro-propagation" chaired by Dr. Stephan Weise, Bioversity International was organized. Technical sessions of the day included, "Resource management and sustainable production", "climate change adaptation and mitigation", and "Post harvest technology and value addition". Issues, observations and perspectives on global level with special case from India, Philippines and Sri Lanka were discussed. Coconut is mentioned as one of the best carbon sequestering crop.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA with inputs from CPCRI, Kasaragod)