Aligarh: The Department of Botany, Aligarh Muslim University organized International Webinar on ‘Advances in Resilience of Sustainable Crop Production’ on December 9, 2020 as a part of the Commemoration of Centenary Celebrations of AMU. The aim of the webinar was to envisage about the novel research findings which could be implemented for increasing crop productivity under the changing environmental conditions and implement research ideas for sustainable crop production. The eminent scientists, Prof. Francisco J Corpas (Spain), Prof Adriano Sofo (Italy) and Dr Ashish Malik (UK) gave the invited lectures on the theme with their vast research experience in the field.
The webinar was presided over by the Patron, Vice Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor, who emphasized that due to industrialization and urbanization the area of farming land is shrinking day by day, and on the other hand deteriorating global climate change led obligatory for plant scientist to develop methods to enhance crop production to feed every mouth.
Prof Francisco J Corpas the Spanish scientist while discussing on role of “Nitric oxide and hydrogen sulphide in higher plants” explained the roles of these two signalling molecules in regulation of plant growth and development
Prof Adriano Sofo an Italian researcher had a conversation on “Plant-soil-microorganisms interactions in some Mediterranean cultivated species.” He emphasized that microorganism are necessary and unavoidable components of the soil.
Dr Ashish A Malik working in United Kingdom had a dialogue on “Soil microbiome mediated carbon sequestrations in soils.” Dr Malik suggested that carbon compounds injurious to the plants can be sequestered by incorporating beneficial microorganisms into the soil.
Prof Nafees Ahmad Khan, Chairperson of the Department explicated about the prerequisites of the webinar and significance of sharing information regarding the new researches being carried out in the developed countries for enhancing food productivity and sustaining crop production, and to put into practice their discoveries under existing condition of Indian subcontinent.
The conveners of the programme were Prof Hisamuddin and Prof Altaf Ahmad and the vote of thanks was delivered by Prof Altaf Ahmad.