JU to organise international talk on ‘Genomics & Salinity tolerance in crops’



JAMMU: University of Jammu, Department of Botany, collaborated with the Asia Association of Plant Scientists (AAPS) to organize International Science Talk on “Genetics of salinity tolerance traits in crops and developing saltwater-based agricultural systems” by Mark Tester, renowned Professor, King Abdullah, University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.
Earlier, Dr. Sikander PAL, Botany Department, JU presented a background of AAPS to the audience.
A common scientific platform for Asian Plant Scientists and its relevance in finding innovative solutions to the local and global problems of Agriculture and Food Security will be the primary objectives of AAPS, said Dr. PAL. Prof. Eviatar Nevo, President, AAPS, addressed the audience and explained the functioning of the society.
He welcomed Tester, country representatives, and participants of the event. Speaker of Science Talk-Mark Tester was introduced by Dr. Santosh Satbhai, IISER, Mohali, India.
Mark in his excellent presentation highlighted the various aspects of salinity and its impact on global food security.
According to him, the surge in human population in developing countries and climate change will become limiting factors affecting crop productivity, thus putting the human population to starvation and malnutrition. Genomics will be a key player in food security in wake of the depletion of water resources and salinity.
In his talk, the role of Na+ accumulation in leaf and root traits was considered important key characters of a salt-tolerant crop plant. The genome of the quinoa plant sequenced by the Tester lab has demonstrated high resilience to climate change and salinity tolerance.
Shubham from Jammu University and Alexander from Russia interacted with Mark to learn several aspects of salinity traits for their Ph.D. research works. The event was attended by more than 150 participants connected digitally to attend the maiden event of AAPS in collaboration with the JU.
From University, Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, Prof. Namrata Sharma, Prof. Veenu Kaul, Prog. Geeta Sumbali, Prof. Sanjana Kaul and Dr. Skarma, and Dr. Geeta participated in the event. Later, Prof. Manoj K. Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, JU in his concluding remarks emphasized the role of scientists in creating climate-resilient crops using the latest genomics and phenomics approaches.
He also urged participants and country representatives from over 22 Asian countries to collaborate with each other, with JU, and with AAPS to work in coherence to find innovative solutions to problems affecting mankind in terms of food security and agriculture.
Prof. Dhar congratulated Prof. Nevo, President AAPS, and team AAPS for organizing the international Science Talk in collaboration with the Department of Botany, University of Jammu. The proceedings of the whole Science talk were conducted by Dr. Santosh, while a vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Dhiraj Vyas, Principal Scientist, IIIM, Jammu.