NBPGR-BSI co-organized a workshop on “Planning and Management of CWR and RET species of PGR Importance in India”

Date Posted: 07-07-2021

A workshop on “Planning and Management of CWR and RET species of PGR Importance in India” was jointly organized by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (ICAR-NBPGR), New Delhi and Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Kolkata, West Bengal on virtual platform on July 5, 2021. The workshop was an outcome of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between both institutes on March 3rd, 2021 for conducting joint explorations and germplasm collections of crop wild relatives (CWR) and rare, endangered and threatened (RET) species from protected areas of country as well as to strengthen taxonomy, and capacity building of their scientists.

The workshop started with welcome of guests and participants given by Dr. Anjula Pandey. It followed the presentations made by Dr. SP Ahlawat, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi on “Glimpse of MOU between BSI and ICAR-NBPGR, and relevance with activities of ICAR-NBPGR” and Dr. SS Dash, Scientist-E, BSI, Kolkata on “Achievements, priorities and on-going survey programmes of BSI. Chief guests, Dr. AA Mao, Director, BSI, Kolkata and Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Director, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi gave inaugural addresses and appreciated for timely initiating such an important collaboration and asked to continue for longer period. Dr. AA Mao emphasized on the importance of wild taxa and taxonomy. Dr Kuldeep Singh suggested to develop a joint research project on M&AP and RET species for the mutual benefit.

The workshop was attended by the Heads of the Divisions/Units and In-charges/OICs of the regional circles/regional stations of both the institutes. To prepare the work plan 90 participants, representing both the organizations took active part in the deliberations. In the first technical session three years work plan was presented on joint explorations in areas prioritized for germplasm survey and collection in the protected areas (by Dr. K. Pradheep, NBPGR RS Thrissur; Dr SS Dash, BSI).

The panel session was chaired by Dr. SS Dash and co-chaired by Dr. SP Ahlawat. A total of 17 panelists/speakers made presentations focusing on prioritized taxa and gaps identified for exploration and germplasm collection: Wild tropical fruits (Dr. PE Rajasekharan, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru); Wild vegetables (Dr. D Ram Bhardwaj, ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi); Minor fruits and wild edible (Dr. SK Malik, ICAR-NBPGR, N. Delhi); Wild relatives of spices (Dr. KV Saji, IISR, Kozhikode); Wild relatives of fodder crops and grasses (Dr. N Dikshit, ICAR-IGFRI Jhansi); Species of Musa and Zingiber (Dr. Rajib Gogoi, Scientist E, BSI, SHRC, Gangtok); RET & M&AP species (Dr. SK Singh, Scientist E, BSI, NRC, Dehradun); Orchids germplasm (Dr. JS Jalal Scientist E, BSI, HQ, Kolkata). Presentations on Wild ornamental plants species (Dr. Umesh Tiwari, Scientist C, BSI, APRC, Itanagar) and Non-timber forest produces (NTFP) (Dr. Prashant Pusalkar, Scientist E, BSI, WRC, Pune) from BSI focused on respective groups. Inputs were provided by the participants Dr. Uma, Director, NRC Banana, Trichy; Dr Ram Pal, Director, NRC Orchids, Pakyong, Sikkim; and from DFR, Pune; which was followed by concluding remarks by the Co-Chair and Chair. The meeting ended with vote of thanks given by Dr. Rashmi Dubey, Scientist E (BSI, WRC, Pune) with consent to finalize and execute the work-plan as early as possible.

(Source Dr SP Ahlawat, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi