Dimapur, December 11: The Northeast chapter of the Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS), New Delhi, held its first ever virtual zonal symposium on December 7 and 8 at Nagaland University under the auspices of the Department of Plant Pathology, School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural Development (SASRD). Participants from all the 8 sister states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura attended the 2-daylong symposium.
The inaugural programme was chaired by the Councillor IPS-NEZ, Dr. Susanta Banik, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, SASRD.
President IPS-NEZ, Prof. N Tiameren Ao, Department of Plant Pathology, SASRD in his welcome address stated that North Eastern region is not only diverse and complex in terms of geo-topography, agricultural practices and farming systems but also shares a large trans-boundary sector with six neighbouring countries which makes it permeable and exposed to different spectrum of new diseases and pathogens.
Secretary IPS and Organizing Chairman of the virtual symposium, Dr. Robin Gogoi spoke about the historical perspective, activities and publications of the society to the delegates and informed that the society was established in 1947 and it is now the third largest plant pathological society in the world with more than 2200 life members from various parts of the country.
Dr. P K Chakraborty, Member, Agricultural Scientist Recruitment Board (ASRB) and former ADG (PPB) and currently the President IPS, New Delhi stressed upon the lacunae and priorities in the north east region as far as plant protection in agriculture is concerned.
He emphasized on the role of plant pathologists in agriculture at a time that is faced with challenges of food and nutritional security, climate change, bio-security and agro-terrorism
A total of 30 scientific papers and e-poster presentations with 2 key note lectures and 4 lead lectures were delivered by eminent academicians and scientists of the region. There were award competitions in different categories and nomination from the Northeastern zone for the much coveted Prof. M.J. Narashimhan Academic Award with American Phytopathological Society (APS) Travel Sponsorship for Ph.D students.
In the oral presentation, Lipa Deb, Ph.D. scholar of CAU, Barapani, Kavi Sumi, Scientist, AICRP (Pigeon pea) Nagaland University and Joyoshree Mahanta, ACTO,KVK, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya were adjudged the first, second and third respectively. In the e-poster presentation, Emekamwamut Nongtdu, Department of Plant Pathology, SASRD, Nagaland University, Medziphema, Barsha Devi, Department of Botany, Lokonayak Omeo Kumar Das College, Dhekiajuli, Assam and R. Lalrohlui, Department of Plant Pathology, SASRD, Nagaland University, Medziphema were adjudged the first, second and third respectively.
Arti Kumari, Department of Plant Pathology, Assam Agricultural Unversity (AAU), Jorhat and Kakumoni Saikia, Department of Plant Pathology, AAU, Jorhat were nominated for the Prof. M. J. Narashimhan Academic Award and R Gowtham Kumar, Dept. of Plant Pathology, AAU, Jorhat for the APS Travel Sponsorship for Ph.D. students from the region.
(Page News Service)