Directorate of Maize Research Organized Germplasm Day

16th March 2014, Hyderabad

Directorate of Maize Research (DMR) organized a germplasm day at its Winter Nursery Centre, Hyderabad on 16th March, 2014.

Dr. S.K. Dutta, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), ICAR graced the occasion as Chief Guest. He appreciated the initiative of DMR to provide a wide range of genetic material to breeders working in different regions of country. Dr. Dutta said that such efforts are very critical in order to maintain the high growth rate in maize productivity.

Dr. Padma Raju, Vice-Chancellor, N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad complimented the efforts of DMR to strengthen the germplasm development programme of maize.

Dr. K. Raja Reddy, Director of Research, ANGRAU, Hyderabad was also present on the occasion.

Earlier, Dr. O.P. Yadav, Project Director, DMR welcomed the dignitaries and participants and briefed about the genetic background of more than 3000 lines including 1652 germplasm lines from NBPGR and 1600 nearly homozygous lines developed at DMR. He said that these lines included sources of tolerance to drought and high temperature, resistance to important diseases of maize and materials having special traits like sweetness, baby corn, poppiness etc.

Dr. J. C. Sekhar, in-charge of WNC and Dr. R. Ranga Reddy, Head, MRC briefed the activities being undertaken and helped the participants in providing details of the genetic background of lines displayed in the field day.

More than 40 breeders from NBPGR, AICRP centres on maize from 24 SAUs, IARI, New Delhi and VPKAS, Almora participated in the event.

(Source: DMR, New Delhi)