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Collaborative Research between BARC and ICAR-IIHR initiated at CHES, Bhubaneswar

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Considering the significance of mutation breeding in the crop improvement program of pineapple, Material Transfer Agreement was signed for collaborative research between Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai and Director, ICAR-IIHR at CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar on 4th September 2019. In this connection Dr. P. Suprasanna, Head, Nuclear Agriculture & Technology Division and  Dr. T. R. Ganapathi, Head, Plant Cell Culture Technology Section, BARC, Mumbai visited CHES (ICAR-IIHR), Bhubaneswar on 4-5, September 2019 with mutagenized tissue cultured pineapple plantlets. The programme was started with a welcome address by Dr. G. C. Acharya, Head I/c, CHES, Bhubaneswar. He also gave a brief account of CHES activities. Dr. T. R. Ganapathi, BARC handed-over 100 Gamma-rays irradiated (10 Gy and 30 Gy) mutagenized plantlets of pineapple var. Queen to Dr Kundan Kishore, Principal Scientist, who will be working on this aspect, in presence of Head I/c, CHES and Head, Nuclear Agriculture & Technology Division, BARC. Dr Ganapati also emphasized the importance mutation breeding for developing variety with larger fruit, low crown/ fruit ratio and high TSS.

During the programme, a guest lecture was organized where Dr. Suprasanna delivered a talk on “Applications of Radiation Technology in Agriculture”. He gave comprehensive information on mutation breeding in field crops and horticultural crops and use of radiation technology in food processing. He stressed upon to give much emphasis on mutation breeding in broadening the genetic base in vegetatively propagated horticultural crops. He also told that there was an ample scope of collaborative research in different fields of horticulture. The lecture was attended by the scientists of ICAR-NRRI, ICAR-IIWM, CTCRI and PhD scholars of OUAT. Dr. Suprasanna and Dr. Ganapathi visited the pineapple experimental plots and Dr. Kundan Kishore briefed them about the research activities being carried out at the station. Dr. Suprasanna and Dr. Ganapathi envisaged more collaborative research between BARC and ICAR-IIHR. The program was coordinated by Dr. Kundan Kishore with the help of Dr. Deepa Samant.