For his outstanding contribution in the Jute Pest Management, Dr. B.S. Gotyal, Senior Scientist, ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore, Kolkata has been bestowed with the prestigious “Early Career Entomologist Award” from the Royal Entomological Society, London, United Kingdom. The Award carries a Citation and £ 1250 GBP Award Money.
A M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degree holder from Division of Entomology, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, Dr. Gotyal has been engaged in Host Plant Resistance (HPR) in Jute since the last 12 years.
Dr. Gotyal has extensively worked and contributed significantly by successfully identifying the sources and mechanism of resistance against Jute Hairy Caterpillar in the Wild Species of Jute Corchorus aestuans. The identification of Jute Germplasm as a resistant source truly unfolds the practical utility of wild accession of C. aestuans (WCIN 179) in developing resistant varieties due to its cross-ability with cultivated Jute varieties.
He has also developed an Android-based Mobile App “JAF-Safe” for easy and quick dissemination of scientific information on Jute and Allied Fibres insect pests. The App is useful for Jute growers, students, extension workers, teachers and other stakeholders.
(Source: ICAR-Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, Barrackpore, Kolkata)