Webinar 10: Climate-Smart Crop DevelopmentIn Collaboration with AdaptNET, EU Project Partners

Seeing the indicators of Climate Change in recent times we can realise it is time to be future-ready to tackle the challenges ahead and Agriculture is also needed to be climate-smart which is most important to feed the growing population. Joining hands with our AdaptNET partners to understand how to take on these challenges of being climate-smart we conducted our Webinar 10 on Climate-Smart Crop Development. The Speakers were Dr. Dimitrios Voloudakis, AA, Athens; Dr. John Kapsomenakis, AA, Athens; Dr. Andreas Voloudakis, AUA, Athens; Dr. Ishwarappa Katageri, UAS, Dharwad; and Dr. Himabindu Kudapa, ICRISAT, Patancheru. They sopke from 2 PM (IST) onwards on September 15, 2020. See the links below for Live Steram video on YouTube and the flyer for detailed topics.

Webinar 9: Dr. Sunil Kumar MukherjeeINSA-Sr Scientist; Plant Pathology, ICAR - Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India

Dr. Mukherjee has been working in the field of DNA replication since 1984. At ICGEB, he started working on pea chloroplast DNA replication and established a crude in vitro system of replication. A detailed analysis of the system led to the identification of replication factors that show interesting mix of prokaryotic and eukaryotic features. He established a yeast model of geminiviral DNA replication, the exploitation of which led to the identification of important host as well as viral factors necessary for viral DNA replication. He developed tomato transgenics that express artificial microRNAs which consequently silence the critical genes of the tomato leaf curl Viruses. He spoke on the topic "RNAi: Big Bang of Silence" on August 26, 11:30 AM (IST) onwards.

Webinar 8: Dr. Nagendra Kumar SinghNational Professor (Dr. B.P. Pal Chair), ICAR-National Institute For Plant Biotechnology (NIPB), New Delhi, India

Dr. Nagendra Kumar Singh is an Indian agricultural scientist, known for his research in the area of plant genomics and biotechnology. His major contributions are towards the decoding of rice, tomato and pigeonpea genomes and understanding of wheat seed storage proteins and their effect on wheat quality. He has also made significant advances in comparative analysis of rice and wheat genomes and mapping of genes for salt tolerance and basmati quality traits in rice. He spoke on the topic "Genomics-assisted search of new genes for climate resilience in Indian wild rice" on August 14, 2020, 11:30 AM (IST).

Webinar 7: Dr. Rohini SreevathsaSenior Scientist, ICAR-National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi, India

Dr. Rohini Sreevathsa has an illustrious research career in biotechnological applications for pulses improvement. Her work encompasses development of transgenics in chickpea and pigeonpea for resistance to pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera), identification and characterization of miRNAs in pod borer, management of polyphagous insect-pest through host-delivered RNAi, and also herbicide tolerance in cotton. Her recent works on improvement of pigeonpea for plant type, early maturity, pod borer resistance and moisture stress tolerance have received much attention from the scientific community. She spoke on the topic "Biotechnological strategies for the management of Helicoverpa armigera in pigeonpea" on Wednesday 29 June at 3 PM (IST) onwards.

Webinar 6: Dr. Mukund Vinayak DeshpandeBiochemical Sciences Division, CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India

Dr. M V Deshpande is a former Chief Scientist of CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune. Dr. Deshpande with 35 yrs of research experience has garnered worldwide recognition for his works on various biocontrol programmes. Post retirement, Dr. Deshpande ventured into commercial production of bioinputs and currently heads the Greenvention Biotech Pvt. Ltd. He spoke about "Concept to Commercialization in Agriculture Biotechnology: Issues and Challenges in Entrepreneurship" on June 26, 11 AM(IST) onwards.

Webinar 5: Dr. Adam PriceEarth Systems and Environmental Sciences, The School of Biological Science, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

The research efforts of Dr. Adam Price focuses on sustainable rice production in the context of the need to feed the planet while improving sustainability of water use and coping with climate change. His multi-faceted research activities also include quantitative trait loci and association mapping of biotic and abiotic stress avoidance mechanisms in rice cultivars, genetic diversity and population genetics in tropical trees, studies on alternative cropping pattern for greenhouse gas emissions etc. He spoke on the topic "The Bengal and Assam Aus Panel for Genetic Diversity and GWA Studies in Rice" on Tuestday, 23 June,2020 at 3 PM (IST) onwards.

Webinar 4: Dr. Manoj PrasadNational Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India

Dr. Manoj Prasad is an Indian plant geneticist, virologist and stress biologist. He is currently working as a Senior Scientist & JC Bose National Fellow at the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi. He is the recipient of several awards and honours including the National Bioscience Award for Career Development, one of the highest Indian science awards, conferred by DBT for his contributions to biosciences. He spoke about "Mainstreaming underutilized crops: The story of foxtail millet" on June 19, 2020, 3 PM (IST) onwards.

Webinar 3: Dr. T J HigginsCSIRO, Canberra, Australia

Dr T J Higgins is a leading researcher in plant gene technology particularly in improving nutritional value and resistance against pests and diseases. Dr Higgins has been the recipient of a number honours and awards that includes Peter Goldacre Award from the Australian Society of Plant Physiologist, and many more. He spoke on 16th June at 3 pm (IST) for the 3rd Webinar on the topic "An Insect resistant cowpea for smallholder farmers".

Webinar 2: Dr. Vibha AhujaChief General Manager, Biotech Consortium India Limited

Dr Ahuja has more than 20 years of experience in the area of biotechnology and biosafety capacity building. She talked about "Latest development in biosafety regulations for genome engineered plants" on Monday, June 8, from 11AM to 1 PM.

Webinar 1: Dr. Alok Das Scientist, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur

Dr Das has expertise in Gene technology and translational genomics for pulses (grain legumes) improvement. He spoke about "Study Plan and Preparation for ARS (Agricultural Biotechnology)" on the first webinar of the series on Friday, June 5, at 3PM to 5PM through Google Meet.