More research needed to improve quality of crops
INTENSIVE AND comprehensive characterisation of land, races and population was required for their effective utilisation in breeding programme, said agricultural scientists participating in the concluding day of the two-day symposium on ‘ Molecular Breeding in Crop Plants’ at the Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR) in Adalhat on Tuesday.
“In crops like rice, maze and tomato where a large number of genes have been cloned and characterised, there is excellent opportunity for identification of favourable genes for diverse trades”, said the agricultural scientists, adding in diverse trades, initially the focus should be on quality and stress tolerance.
Dr JS Wang and Dr. RC De La Tena of Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre (Taiwan), Dr. VA Parthsarthi, Director of Indian Institute of Spices Research (Kerala) and Dr. PC Sharma, Dean of Biotechnology College at Indraprasth University (New Delhi) were among the eminent scientists who took part in the deliberations today.
Deputy Director General of Horticulture and Crop Science (Indian Council for Agricultural Research), Prof Kalloo Gautam and president of Indian Society for Vegetable Science Dr Kirti Singh, former chairman of Agriculture Scientists Recruitment Board Dr M Mahadevappa and Prof Rishi Muni Singh, Emeritus Professor at Institute of Agricultural Sciences in BHU also participated in the symposium on Tuesday.
The agricultural scientists also stressed the need for more research in crops like pigeonpea and pea to improve the quality and production of these crops. “Novel genetic methodology like association mapping is recently being applied to crop plants”, they said, adding that a network programme on association mapping in horticultural projects would be of great value.
A number of recommendations were chalked out in the two-day symposium which will be forwarded to ministries and departments concerned. Director of Indian Institute of Vegetable Research Dr. Mathura Rai convened the symposium.