16 Mar 2021

Initiation Workshop on “Environmental Education and Climate Resilient Plants”

The initiation workshop on “Environmental Education and Climate Resilient Plants” was organized through Video Conferencing on December 28, 2020 from 7 pm to 11 pm (IST). In this workshop 14 leaders from 10 countries (China, Germany, Finland, Bangladewsh, Spain, USA, Ecuador, Mexico, Nepal and India) participated and gave their valuable inputs. Besides, six resource persons viz., Dr. P.V. Sane, Lucknow, Prof. R.P. Singh, Lucknow, Prof. S.S. Sharma, Sikkim, Prof. D.C. Uprety, New Delhi, Prof. P.V. Vara Prasad, Kansas State University, USA, Prof. M.K. Datta, Lucknow gave valuable suggestions for the successful implementation of the project. 

At the onset, Prof S.K. Barik, Director CSIR-NBRI and President, ISEB welcomed all the participants who joined the workshop despite the holiday period. Prof Barik apprised all the participants about the key points and objectives of the project.  

Presentations:

Dr. Vivek Pandey made a presentation on Screening Methods for Pollution-Tolerant and Climate Resilient Plants. He talked about 6 air pollutants/ climate variables viz., Ozone, Sulphur dioxide, particulate matter, warming, carbon dioxide and drought. He emphasized the importance of each variable and presented a list of parameters which can be used to assess relative sensitivity/tolerance of a plant against a particular stress. 

Prof. Pradeep Divakar emphasized that the endophytic fungi have crucial role in adaptation and growth of pollution tolerant species and it would be nice to have a look on it after selecting the target species. They also produce certain secondary metabolites and that may play role to adopt high pollutant areas. 

Resource persons appreciated the project and gave various valuable suggestions.  Dr. Sane suggested that the e-manual should be more comprehensive. Dr. Uprety gave suggestion that parameter like soil moisture status and relative growth yield should also be taken into consideration. Prof. Shanti Sharma, while appreciating the project, told about very simple method to decipher transpiration rate.  Prof R.P. Singh talked about taking more soil parameters like, soil enzymes and soil fertility in to consideration. He also suggested to include combination of tolerant plants for combating urban pollution. Prof Vara Prasad emphasized the need to take on multiple challenges and more importantly to include civil administration on board for effective implementation of the project. 

Prof Raghvendra gave excellent suggestions about including more parameters like stomatal frequency and viability, trichome density, ion  leakage, ROS accumulation and chl fluorescence. Dr. Saha talked about importance of including micro-habitats and site specific selection criteria for tree plantation. Dr. R.D. Tripathi proposed to Vote of Thanks. Prof. S.K. Barik talked about the project objectives. 

Dr. Vivek Pandey gave presentation about Screening Methods for Pollution-Tolerant and Climate Resilient Plants.

Development of partnership: 

Prof. M.K. Datta, AKTU, Lucknow regarding use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the project. 

Other outcome:

All the project partners from 10 countries participated in the initiation workshop.  

Inputs from the workshop are being implemented to develop modules planned as training/capacity development materials. It is proposed that after 3 months i.e., March, 2021 the next workshop will be organized where there 4 modules will be finalized. The project partners presented their future plan of action for capacity development of college teachers/researchers in their respective countries which will be further refined in the next workshop. 

Nationalities and names of people attended the workshop:

  • Dr. N.K. Agrawal, Nepal 
  • Dr. María de los Angeles Herrera Campos, Mexico 
  • Juan Pablo Suárez Chacón, Ecuador 
  • Prof. O.P. Dhankher, USA 
  • Prof. P.K. Diwakar, Spain 
  • Prof. Mirza Hasanuzzaman, Bangladesh 
  • Prof. Elina Oksanen, Finland 
  • Prof. A.S. Raghavendra, India 
  • Dr. Somidh Saha, Germany 
  • Dr. Xinli Wei, China 
  • Prof. Thorsten Lumbsch, USA 

From CSIR-NBRI and ISEB, India following people attended: 

  • Prof S.K. Barik, Director CSIR-NBRI and President, ISEB 
  • Dr. R.D. Tripathi, Secretary, ISEB 
  • Dr. Nandita Singh, Additional Secretary, ISEB 
  • Dr. Vivek Pandey, Joint Secretary, ISEB 

Other participants from CSIR-NBRI 

  • Dr. P.K. Srivastava, CSIR-NBRI 
  • Dr. Shekhar Mallick, CSIR-NBRI 
  • Dr. Dibyendu Adhikari, CSIR-NBRI 
  • Dr. Soumit Behera, CSIR-NBRI 
  • Dr. Richa Rai, CSIR-NBRI 
  • Dr. Bikrama Singh, CSIR-NBRI 
  • Dr. Anju Patel, CSIR-NBRI 
  • Dr. Sanjay Dwivedi, CSIR-NBRI 

Apart from this following resource persons also attended the workshop: 

  • Dr. P.V. Sane, Lucknow 
  • Prof. R.P. Singh, BBAU, Lucknow 
  • Prof. S. S. Sharma, Sikkim Central University, Sikkim 
  • Dr. D.C. Uprety, New Delhi 
  • Dr. P.V. Vara Prasad, Kansas State University, USA 
  • Prof. M.K. Datta, AKTU, Lucknow