16th December 2013, Junagadh
A four-day (13-16 December, 2013) National Conference on ‘Current Trends in Plant Biology Research’ was organised at Junagadh. The Conference was jointly organized by the Directorate of Groundnut Research (DGR) and Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU), Junagadh in association with The Indian Society for Plant Physiology (ISPP), New Delhi.
The Chief Guest of the programme, Dr. S.K. Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR mentioned about the importance and role of plant physiology in the present scenario of agricultural and plant biology research. Dr. K.C. Bansal, Director, NBPGR, New Delhi stressed upon the importance of research in the areas of plant physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology and biotechnology. He outlined the achievements made in the areas of modern plant biology research and the future areas for cutting-edge research.
In his address, Dr. N.C. Patel, Vice-Chancellor, JAU, Junagadh highlighted the significant achievements made by JAU in various fields.
Dr. C.J. Dangaria, Director of Research, JAU was also present on this occasion.
Earlier, Dr. J.B. Misra, Director, DGR, Junagadh welcomed the dignitaries and apprised historical importance of Junagadh while Dr. Madan Pal Singh, Honorary Secretary, ISPP presented an overview of the Conference and Society.
During this four day event, three memorial Award lectures and 25 invited lead lectures were delivered, and 62 oral presentations were made by the eminent scientists. The conference covered six thematic areas during the technical sessions, viz., i) Climate change, abiotic and biotic stresses, ii) Photosynthesis, growth and productivity, iii) Mineral nutrition, microbial interactions and biofortification, iv) Plant growth regulators and agrochemicals use in agriculture and horticulture, v) Flowering, tree physiology and quality control of fruits and vegetables and vi) Seed and post-harvest physiology, functional food and neutraceuticals.
About 450 participants comprising of academicians, researchers, private sector and entrepreneurs, scientists and staff of DGR, press and media participated in the inaugural function of the conference.
Dr. A. L. Singh, Principal scientist and Organising Secretary of the Conference presented the vote of thanks.
(Source: Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh)