15th October 2014, New Delhi
National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Pusa Campus, New Delhi organized NRCPB-Field Day here today. The purpose of Field Day was to provide firsthand experience of growing and recording field observations from Rice mutant lines, wild species of rice and rice mapping populations.
Dr. RP Sharma, former Project Director, elaborated the genesis and achievements made under the EMS mutagenesis project and showed the valuable material being grown in the Rice Mutant Garden. He also explained that several promising lines on biotic and biotic stress tolerance have been identified.
Prof. NK Singh, National Professor, showed the invaluable treasure of wild rice collection, and explained the importance of wild relatives of rice in rice improvement programme.
Dr. TR Sharma, Project Director narrated about the mapping population generated at NRCPB and how these have been used for map-based cloning of genes and QTLs during the past 15 years.
Participants visited the Phenotyping facility created under the aegis of NRCPB. This facility has provisions for rain-out shelter, salinity microplots, submergence tanks and climate controlled chambers to screen and test genotypes under various abiotic stress conditions. It is also equipped with solar panel to partially fulfill energy requirements of the facility.
Live demonstration of the facilities along with crops being grown there was worth visiting by the staff. Every one enthusiastically participated in the Field Day and showed interest in various experiments.
More than 150 participants including Scientific, Technical, administrative student and other research staff of the institute attended the field day.
(Source: NRCPB, New Delhi)