AIP Sponsors Wheat Scientists’ BHU Visit
March 1–3, 2012 | Varanasi, India
In line with its technology adoption and income improvement activities for wheat farmers in the Indo-Gangetic plains, the Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) program supported the visit of a team of wheat scientists to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) as part of a training workshop.

The workshop, meant for scientists from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan was on wheat rust surveillance, data collection and monitoring strategies under the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DRRW) project. Held from March 01 to 03, 2012 and led by Cornell University and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the program added substantial value towards enhancing the scientific community’s knowledge base towards the current developments in wheat management in the Indo-Gangetic plains.

The scientists were trained on aspects related to selection of rust samples, race analysis, purification of the rust race, multiplication and storage of rust inoculum, dispatching rust inoculum to wheat workers, testing seedling that are resistant to selected advanced wheat lines, rust inoculation techniques in the fields, screening of adult plant of advanced lines against different rust races during the laboratory research work sessions. The faculty members carried out random exercises on the field for the participants to understand the intensity of rust incidence on wheat plants and their categorization. The faculty members had interactive sessions with the participants where they clarified their queries in specific areas.

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