23rd December, 2014, Mau
An Expert Consultation on “Endophytes: Status and Prospects in Agriculture” was organized by the ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Mau on December 23, 2014 .
The event was inaugurated by Dr. P.K. Chakrabarty,. ADG (PP), ICAR Dr. S. Rajendra Prasad, PD, DSR was Guest of Honour. Dr. Arun Kumar Sharma, Director, NBAIM welcomed the guests and briefed about the objectives of the expert consultation. In the concluding session chaired by Dr. Arun K. Sharma, the future road map was prepared.
A skype based interactive session was also organised where Dr. DLN Rao (IISS, Bhopal), Dr. T.P. Rajendran (NIBSM, Raipur), Dr. Pious Thomas (IIHR, Bengaluru) and Dr. KK Pal (DGR Junagarh) participated and presented their view.
Endophytes, a diverse group of microorganisms, appear to be important for the wellness of crop plants and live within the plant. These diverse microorganisms appear to be important for the practices to achieve ecofriendly sustainable agriculture. The exploration of newer microorganisms will help in understanding our national heritage of endophytic microorganisms, which have not been understood and conserved so far.
(Source: ICAR-NBAIM, Mau)