Sesame Germplasm Field Day TNAU, RRS, Vriddhacham, 25th April 2022

Date Posted: 28-04-2022

ICAR- NBPGR, New Delhi in collaboration with TNAU- Regional Research Station, Vriddhacham organized Germplasm Field Day on Sesame at TNAU, RRS, Vriddhacham on 25th April 2022, under DBT funded Network Project on sesame entitled “Mainstreaming of sesame germplasm for productivity enhancement through genomics assisted core development and trait discovery. About 50 researchers and scientists participated in the field day from 15 different ICAR institutes and SAUs such as PC Unit, Jabalpur; NBPGR, New Delhi; TNAU, Coimbatore; RARS Polasa, Jagtal; CPBG, TNAU, Coimbatore; RRS Virudhachalam; PC, KVK, VRI; AICRP, RRS, VRI; DCPBG, TNAU; ICAR-IIOR, Hyderabad; NBPGR, RS, Thrissur; ARS, ANGRAU, Utakur, TNAU, Trichy, RARS, Tirupati; Institute of Agriculture, Trichy. The program was chaired by Dr. Ashok Kumar, Director, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi; Dr. Sanjay Kalia, Govt. of India-Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi; Dr. S. Geetha, Director, Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, TNAU; Dr. K. Prabhakar, Director, Centre for Plant Protection Studies, TNAU, Dr. V. Ambethgar, Director, Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute, TNAU; Dr. Rajni Bisen, Project Coordinator, AICRP, Sesame; Dr. Rashmi Yadav, Principal Scientist and Coordinator, Network Project on Sesame, ICAR-NBPGR. They were exposed to variability in sesame germplasm for different traits such as more no. of capsules per plant, dehiscence type, which is a source for mechanical harvesting, sesame plants having source of resistance against biotic (phyllody, dry root, rot) and abiotic stresses (waterlogging, drought stress), high oil content etc. Also, 70 farmers from local villages growing sesame crop participated in the field day and they were overwhelmed after seeing variability in sesame germplasm like more no. capsules per branch, long capsules, bold seeded capsules, more no of capsules per plant etc. which were not available in their cultivated variety. Different researchers who participated in the field day requested for trait specific sesame germplasm for their future research program for developing varieties having traits for easy mechanical harvesting, more no. of capsules. The programme ended with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. A. Mahalingam, Assistant Professor, RRS, Virudhachalam to all the participants and staff who contributed in making the germplasm field day a great success.

(Source Dr Rashmi Yadav, NBPGR, New Delhi