1st November, 2015, Bengaluru
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, (DARE) and DG, ICAR inaugurated the high throughput Plant Phenomics facility at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Hessaraghatta, Bengaluru here today.
Dr. Ayyappan, highlighted the importance of such state-of-the-art facilities for addressing the climate change issues. He emphasized the need for high throughput plant phenotyping research approaches for identifying crop genotypes tolerant to adverse impacts of abiotic stresses under climate change scenario. He also mentioned that the Plant Phenomics Facility is a national facility to cater to the phenotying needs of all the horticulture crops.
Dr. N. K. Krishna Kumar, DDG (Horticultural Science) emphasized the importance of the Phenomics facility for phenotyping of horticultural crops for excess and limited moisture and high temperature stresses.
Dr. A.K. Sikka, DDG (Natural Resource Management), in his remarks emphasized the need to extend the utility of Phenomics facility to the partner Institutes under NICRA and other Institutes working on horticulture crops.
Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad, also highlighted the importance of Phenomics facility under NICRA project for identifying the tolerant genotypes.
Dr. M. Anandraj, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru, while thanking the dignitaries assured that the Phenomics facility would be put to effective use to deliver the expected output under the NICRA project.
The Phenomics facility enables the non-invasive and non-destructive digital imaging and dynamic monitoring of the crop genotypes under challenging environmental conditions. The facility has the imaging unit consisting of visual, near infra-red and infra-red cameras to capture images of the plants subjected to abiotic stresses like limited and excess moisture stresses and high temperature during various stages of plant growth.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru)