A RUSA-sponsored National Webinar BIOFACET: “Plant Health Management”, was jointly organized by the Departments of by Microbiology on Biotechnology on June 29, 2020. The speakers were Er. M. Udaya Bhanu, Scientific Officer, NIPHM, and Dr. K. N. Geetha, Associate Professor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. A total of 170 participants including 51 Teachers and 119 Students participated in the session.
Following the declaration of 2020 as the ‘International Year of Plant Health’ (IYPH)by the UN, the theme for BIOFACET this year was Plant Health Management (PHM). The Webinar focused on raising awareness about plant health to help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
Dr. Bhanu spoke about the role of pesticides in PHM, where using two case studies she discussed the different pests and how they affect crop growth, selection and application of pesticides, dosage, precautions, environmental factors to be considered for application, and the various organisations involved in PHM.
In the second session, Dr. Geetha discussed the challenges to agriculture due to increased industrialisation, urbanisation and population. She stressed the need for proper agricultural management for producing sufficient food for such a large population and the ways to do this, both at macro and micro levels.
The discussion was followed by an interactive session.
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