12th September, 2015, Bengaluru
International Symposium on “Phytophthora: Taxonomy, Genomics, Pathogenicity, Resistance and Disease Management” was organised by ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod in association with IIHR and AAPMHE at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research Bengaluru during 9-12, September,2015.
In the inaugural address, Dr. T. Janakiram, ADG (Horticulture Science), ICAR said, due to destructive nature of Phytopthora, ICAR initiated “Phytonet”, a net work project on Phytophthora in 1997, which is being continued as “PhytoFura” as an outreach programme during 12th plan period. He appealed Indian scientists to utilize this opportunity to develop partnerships at global level to reduce the impact of Phytophthora diseases on Indian horticulture.
Dr. P. Chowdappa Director, ICAR-CPCRI, Kasaragod in his key note address pointed that species in the genus infect an array of plantation, tuber, spices, fruit, ornamental and vegetable crops in India and in some cases are reducing yields up to 80%. In India, crop losses are especially difficult to manage by smaller and marginal-scale producers due to lack of resources and access to the fungicides. He gave strong message that “Phytophthora never sleeps, neither should you”.
Dr. M. Anandaraj, Acting Director, ICAR- IIHR welcomed the guests and participants
In his valedictory address, Dr. N. K. Krishnakumar, DDG (Horticulture Science), ICAR, said, despite increase of horticultural production, problems such as pests and diseases, particularly Phytophthora diseases besides viruses are also on increase due to development of fungicide resistant populations and global trade. Strengthening of bio-security in agricultural trade is the key to avoid introduction of invasive pests. In conclusion, he has said that “chain is as strong as the weakest link”
Hands on training on “Rapid Diagnostic Tools for Phytophthora on Horticultural Crops” was organized by Dr. Jean Beagle Ristaino, Dr. D .E .L. Cooke and Dr. P. Chowdappa as satellite workshop for benefit of students, young researchers from academia, officials from Industry and plant quarantine.
About 200 delegates from academia and industry across the globe had participated in the event. A special issues of “Indian Horticulture” and “Spice India” on Phytophthora and book entitled “Phytophthora: An Indian perspective” by Dr. P. Chowdappa were released.
(Source: ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod)