Rice Germplasm Field Day organized ICAR-NBPGR and ICAR-NRRI on October, 30th 2018
Rice Germplasm Field Day was jointly organized by ICAR-NBPGR and ICAR-NRRI at Cuttack on 30th October, 2018 under Consortium Research Platform on Agro-biodiversity (CRP-AB). Around 50 scientists of ICAR institutes and SAUs belonging to different parts of the country i.e. Gujarat, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Delhi participated in the event. Dr. BC Patra, Principal Scientist and Nodal Officer (CRP-AB), NRRI welcomed the participants and made a brief presentation on the achievements of characterization and evaluation of rice germplasm under CRP-AB. He also informed that 6000 accessions are being grown for agro-morphological characterization and 1000 accessions are being evaluated against biotic (Blast, Bacterial blight and BPH) and abiotic (Submergence) stresses during current Kharif season. Dr. Ashok Kumar, Head, DGE and LCPC, CRP-AB informed about the activities of characterization and evaluation for efficient utilization of genebank materials. Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director, ICAR-NRRI emphasized the role of plant diversity for the well being of humanity and ecosystem. He also appreciated the efforts of Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Director, ICAR-NBPGR for large scale characterization and evaluation of germplasm. All the participants were taken to the experimental field to observe the variability and trait specific evaluation nurseries. During interactive session, the participants appreciated the efforts of ICAR-NBPGR and ICAR-NRRI in organizing this event and showcasing the quantum of variability available in rice at one location. It was also suggested that field day should be organized for atleast two days annually for on-spot critical assessment and selection of desired germplasm. The delegates also visited the Oryza Museum and event concluded with the vote of thanks by the organizers.
(Source:Dr. Ashok Kumar, ICAR-NBPGR Pusa Campus, New Delhi)