ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya , Palampur for promoting students collaborative research in the areas of insect taxonomy, semiochemicals, pollinators and biological control here today
The MoU was signed in the presence of Dr. T.R. Sharma, Deputy Director General (Crop Sciences), Dr Harinder Kumar Chaudhary, Vice Chancellor, CSKHPKV, Palampur and Dr S.N. Sushil, Director, ICAR-NBAIR.
Dr T.R. Sharma, lauded the huge insect collections housed at the National Insect Museum at ICAR-NBAIR, Bengaluru. He also emphasised on the need for the culturing of bumble bees and the potential scope for utilising them in polyhouse pollination.
Dr Harinder Kumar Chaudhary emphasised upon the sharing of the expertise and facilities for research of PG students for effective utilisation of resources. He also stressed on collaboration with the Bureau to address the emerging /new insects pests in the hill grown crops in Himachal Pradesh.
Dr S.N. Sushil, briefed the Bureau's taxonomic expertise across different insect orders, conservation of Apis/non-Apis bees, biological control of invasive insects, semiochemical based insect management strategy, slow-release nano pheromone formulations and molecular characterization and DNA barcoding of insects and insect whole genome sequencing.
Dr A.D. Pathak, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, Dr Sanjay Kumar, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Seed Sciences, Mau, Dr V.K. Sharma, Director of Research, all the Deans of different colleges, heads of the departments & scientists of CSKHPKV and ICAR-NBAIR were present in the occasion
.A Brain Storming session for future collaboration with ICAR Institutes was also organised.