Training in Plant Pathology Organized by IARI, New Delhi

Centre of Advance Faculty Training in
Plant Pathology
Monitoring and Forecasting of Plant Disease
Episemics Under Climate Change Scenario
Organized by
IARI, New Delhi

About the training : Abnormal changes in air temperature and rainfall, increased intensity and frequency of storms, drought and flooding are currently concern to Indian Agriculture and agro-industries. Climatic patterns change has been thought to affect spatial distribution of agro-ecological zones, habitats, distribution patterns of plant diseases and pests which can have significant impacts on food production. Disease monitoring and forecasting has become immediate necessity to cater long-term and/ or short-term climate change adaptation measures. Training programme on disease monitoring, surveillance and forecasting is the need of the hour for strengthening forecasting and surveillance system in the country.
Objective : To facilitate quick learning on disease monitoring, forecasting and surveillance system with theory and hands-on involving field and laboratory experiments with analytical modeling and simulation.
Brief course content :

  • Basics of plant disease modeling/forecasting:  Orientation towards plant disease forecasting/modeling with knowledge in pathometry, laboratory observations and measurements, weather analysis and Instruments for their accurate measurements for simulation of epidemic. 
  • Development of monitoring systems:  Deductive methods through laboratory and field experiments on epidemic development, observation, relevant data generation to develop forecasting systems, testing and appropriation. 
  • Development of forecasting systems:  Inductive methods deal with experimentation, observation and data analysis and validation. 
  • Monitoring of timely inoculums:  Combination of forecasting information and laboratory diagnostics. 
  • Simulation of plant disease epidemics for climate change impact assessment:  Holistic view of the epidemic models linked to crop growth models for prediction of disease distribution and climate change impact assessment.

Note : The number of trainees selected would be limited to 20 (twenty) only. The selected candidates will be provided boarding and lodging in IARI Guest house(s) and TA/ DA will be paid as per ICAR norms.

Eligibility :

  • Master/PhD in Plant Pathology/Horticulture/Genetics and Plant Breeding
  • Exposure in plant disease epidemiology/modeling 

Deadline : Application should be duly approved by competent authority of institute and reach to course leader positively by August 5, 2011.
Contact :
Dr. Parimal Sinha, 
Course Leader, 
Division of Plant Pathology, 
IARI, New Delhi-110012   
Email- sinha_path@iari.res.in
Tel: 011-25848418  Fax: 011-25848418

Deadline : 05.08.2011

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