The students of B.Sc. (Agriculture) 2nd year accompanied by Dr. Priyanka Mishra and Dr. Seraj Ahmad, Faculty of Agriculture, PDM University visited the division of Plant Pathology, IARI, Pusa Campus on 6th Septemper 2017. Dr. Rashmi Agarwal, Head of the Division narrated the role of plant pathology in Agriculture and career options in this field. The scientists from various specialization explained the studies being done in the laboratories and field. Dr. M. S. Gurjar, Scientist (Mycology) explained the different methods of identifying fungus ie.,by molecular identification in the laboratories and by visual observations under field condition. Dr. B. Mandal, Pr. Scientist (Bacteriology), described different methods of isolation, culturing and identification of bacterial growth in the laboratory. Students also visited the Indian Type Culture Collection (ITCC), where Dr. Deeba Kamil, Scientist, explained new biotypes of microorganism which were being discovered and maintained by the department. Dr K. Saritha, scientist virology described the various diseases of crop plants caused by viruses and their control measures. Lastly, the students visited the Containment facility, where Dr. Basavaraj highlighted the various bioassay methods of different diseases. He further narrated the importance of analyzing the different food grains and propagating materials coming from different parts of India and the significance to control the spread of diseases from one regions to the other.
This visit was the part of course curriculum enlighting the knowledge of students in terms of the latest technology in the field of plant pathology.