University stresses need to focus on plant sciences


The field of plant sciences is a booming concept in the international academic realm and the scholars should engage themselves in more research and innovation in this field, said C. Swaminathan, vice chancellor, Periyar University.

The increasing pressures that is being witnessed all around globe such as population growth, climate change, deforestation, and chronic diseases required collective actions, the Vice-Chancellor said while speaking at the inaugural of the two-day national conference on ‘Challenges and future perspectives of plant sciences’ brought up by the Department of Botany of Periyar University.

More attention should be given in creating a platform for constant dialogue among molecular biologists, plant physiologists, farmers, breeding companies and the public to plan and work together in order to heal all the environmental wounds caused by the community, he said.

K. Kadirvelu, joint director, DRDO, Ministry of Defence, spoke on the various new approaches in plant sciences such as agronomy, arboriculture, economic botany, plant breeding and genetics, plant pathology, forestry, horticulture, plant propagation, etc.

M. Manivannan, registrar, Periyar University, was the chief guest at the valediction. S. Murugesh, head of the department of botany, and S. Lalitha, organising secretary of the conference, offered felicitations. A total of 237 participants from across the country took part.

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