India-ICARDA partnerships grow stronger

January 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

India-ICARDA partnerships could generate benefits for farmers across South Asia

H.E. Pratibha Patil, President of India, during her visit to ICARDA headquarters in November 2010, suggested there were opportunities to expand India-ICARDA research partnerships. As a follow-up to her visit, a meeting, was held at ICARDA’s New Delhi office on 8 January, to identify specific areas of collaboration. The aim was to build on partner synergies to deliver benefits to farmers not only in India but across South Asia.

The meeting was attended by some of India’s top research administrators: Dr J.S. Samra, Chief Executive Officer, National Rainfed Area Authority; Mr Rajesh Ranjan, Director, International Cooperation, Department of Agricultural Research and Extension; and Dr A.K. Singh and Dr S.K. Datta, Deputy Directors General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. ICARDA was represented by Dr Mahmoud Solh, Director General, and several senior scientists. The meeting highlighted the potential for increasing productivity in rainfed areas, which account for 60% of India’s cropped area and support half the total rural workforce. ICARDA, with its expertise in integrated dryland production systems, could play a strong supporting role in these efforts. A joint team is now working on a concept note for a comprehensive bilateral research collaboration, to be presented to national policy makers.

Dr Solh also attended the Indian Science Congress (a highly prestigious event, inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India) as an invited speaker. He presented two papers on production systems in dry areas and the use of molecular approaches in crop improvement.

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  1. Dear Sir, This is to introduce me to you as a senior scientist from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology (A CSIR institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India), Kolkata-700032 INDIA, for your consideration regarding collaborative project on pest resistant transgenic crops. Actually, very recently we have produced a tri-functional inhibitor that can inhibit trypsin/ chymotrypsin and amylase. Thus, it is likely to effect both carbohydrate and protein metabolism when fed by any insect/ pest. The original trypsin/ chymotrypsin inhibtor killed Hellicoverpa armigera at a very low concentration (1.5ug/ gm diet). Since the amylase inhibitory property has been added on to it, I am confident that this tri-functional inhibitor will bring much drastic effect on pests feeding this inhibitor.
    With this brief introduction, I’d like to mention that I want to go for artificial feeding trial for those insects that attack crops like cassava, maize, rice, wheat etc. following Agrobacterium mediated transfer of my gene in these crops for making them pest resistant. My main objective is to go for Indo-UK collaborative proposal on SUSTAINABLE CROP PRODUCTION RESEARCH FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT for cassava, maize, rice, wheat etc. as advertised
    in DBT website. I would expect introduction of my production of the tri-functional inhibitor to the scientists working with those crops. A quick reply would be highly appreciated.

    With warm regards and best wishes,

    Sincerely Yours,

    (Samir Dutta)

    Dr. Samir Kumar Dutta
    Scientist E-II
    Indian Institute of Chemical Biology
    4, Raja S. C. Mullick Road
    Kolkata 700 032
    Phone: – +91-(0)33-24995711(desk)/ 5792(Lab)
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