5-7 April 2016, Dharwad
46th Annual Group meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Soybean was organized jointly by ICAR-Indian Institute of Soybean Research, Indore and University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad.
Prof. D.P. Biradar, Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad, Dharwad, in his inaugural speech called upon soybean Scientists to address the emerging problems in soybean cultivation, particularly the issues related climate change.
Dr. B.B. Singh , Assistant Director General (O&P), ICAR, stressed upon more commitment and sincerity of soybean Scientists in executing research work and proper documentation. He stressed that research grants would be released based on the performances of the coordinating centers.
During the AGM, research results of Plant Breeding, Agronomy, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Microbiology were presented by respective Principal Investigators and technical programmes for kharif 2016 were formulated.
- Based on yield, maturity period, resistance against major insects and diseases, six soybean varieties were identified for different zones: MACS 1407 and RKS 113 for North Eastern zone, DSb 23-2 and KDS 726 for Southern zone, RVS 2002-4 for Central zone and SL 955 for North Plain zone.
- New initiative has been taken up to develop YMV resistant soybean varieties for Central and Southern zones.
- A tentative target of 16645 q of breeder seed production of 31 soybean varieties was set for kharif 2016.
- Potential donors for resistance against major insects and diseases were identified and recommended for use in hybridization programme.
- Sowing time under delayed sowing conditions in Assam was recommended as August first week.
- Strategy for faster advancement of generations was framed to shorten varietal development time.
- Collection and protection of native soybean from North Hill region will be taken up.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soybean Research, Indore)