31st March 2016, New Delhi
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) visited ICAR- National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi today. In his address, he opined Bureau should redesign the exploration activities based on geo-referencing and gap analyses and stressed on the need for evaluation to identify trait-specific germplasm. Plant Quarantine may be given new dimensions to work on diagnostics for identification of new pest intercepts, to monitor dynamics of pest variants in plant populations and management of exotic pests, he added. Dr. Mohapatra stressed on the need to follow established, scientifically and legally valid practices in DNA fingerprinting and cultivar identification.
Dr. Mohapatra also released a publication “Utilization of ex situ collections and climate analogues for enhancing adaptive capacity to climate change”, which was the outcome of a CCAFS funded project which geo-referenced more than 60, 000 accessions belonging to ten crop species.
Dr. KC Bansal, Director, ICAR-NBPGR made a brief presentation on the Institute’s activities and achievements.
(Source: ICAR- National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi)