Dr. Sushil Solomon: An Agricultural Scientist of Great Repute

By: Dr. Mohammad Aleem, Editor-ICN Group NEW DELHI: Agriculture sector needs constant scientific and administrative attention. To ameliorate the bad conditions of farmers, who are forced to live in utter penury and hardship due to many natural and man-made disasters, such intervention and support is highly appreciable. We should salute to all those scientists, who in any way are contributing to make the lives of poor Indian farmers better. Sugar industry is also one of the major components of this important sector. Production of sugar is directly related to the…

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Scope Of Plant Breeding In Agriculture Sector

By: Prof. R. K. Yadav, Deptt. of Genetics and Plant Breeding C.S.Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech.,Kanpur & Executive Editor-ICN Group KANPUR: Man is almost absolutely dependent on plants for his food. The things he eats, virtually without exception, are either plant materials or derived rather directly from plants as are, for example, meat, eggs and dairy products. Plants are also the major source, directly or indirectly, of most clothing fuel, drugs, and construction materials. Moreover, as ornamentals, they are both useful and aesthetically pleasing. Considering the prime importance of plants, it…

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OAT: A Highly Nutritious And Dual Purposes Cereal Crop

By: Prof. R.K. Yadav, Deptt of Genetics and Plant Breeding C.S. Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech.,Kanpur/ Executive Editor-ICN Group The health benefits of oat rely mainly on the total dietary fibre and beta glucan content, which lowers blood lipids, especially, serum total and LDL (low density lipoproteins) cholesterol. KANPUR: Oat (Avena sativa) is an economically important crop and ranks sixth in the world in cereal production following wheat, maize, rice, barley and sorghum. It is an important cereals and known as a dual purpose crop of temperate and subtropical areas.…

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Status Of Gaushala In Uttar Pradesh And Other States Of The Country

By: Prof. R. K. Yadav, Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding C.S.Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech.,Kanpur &  Executive Editor-ICN Group Sirohi is a small village having a biggest Gaushala in the country and have 1.25 lakh cows with a maintenance cost of Rs. 30 crore. KANPUR: In the last five years 4% of cattle (gauvansh) decreases in the country. The Chief Minister also raised the questions about why older dairies were being closed while newer ones were being opened in the state. In the first phase, a Gaushala each would open in…

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BORAGEN: Protecting Plants With Shape-Shifting Boron Molecules

By: Dr. Ripudaman Singh, Asstt. Editor-ICN & Hemant Kumar, Special Correspondent-ICN NEW DELHI: According to the United Nations, every year, plant diseases and pets account for 20-40% of the world’s crop loss. Although, trade provided farmers access to more markets, it has also helped spread serious diseases, like the strain of fusarium wilt fungus now threatening global banana production.   In spite of big agriculture firm launching new pesticides every year, there is no readymade solution for every pest problem. In fact, two of commercialized in the early 1960s; eventually organisms…

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OAT: A Highly Nutritious And Dual Purposes Cereal Crop

By: Prof. R.K. Yadav, (Deptt of Genetics and Plant Breeding C.S. Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech.,Kanpur/ Executive Editor-ICN Group KANPUR: Oat (Avena sativa) is an economically important crop and ranks sixth in the world in cereal production following wheat, maize, rice, barley and sorghum. It is an important cereals and known as a dual purpose crop of temperate and subtropical areas. Being a highly nutritious cereal, it is useful for human consumption as well as feed and fodder for milch and drought animals. In India oat is exclusively grown for…

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Nano-Vitamin Fertilizers Developed In Russia

By: Dr. Ripudaman Singh, Asstt. Editor-ICN & Hemant Kumar, Special Correspondent-ICN Russian researchers have developed new fertilizers based on nano-powders of transition metals.  In field trials on agricultural crops, harvest increased by more than a quarter, compared with conventional fertilizers. NEW DELHI: Metals like iron, cobalt and copper affect a plant’s level of resistance to pests and diseases.  These microelements are typically introduced into the soil as soluble salts, but monsoon showers and irrigation can wash away, requiring further applications.  They also have the potential to disrupt local ecosystems as they…

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Our desire for more delectable chocolate has endangered the future of the cocoa tree

By: Dr. Ripudaman Singh (Special Correspondent ICN Group) & Hemant Kumar ( Agriculture Correspondent ICN Group) There is a small growing them surplus of cocoa, but we may face shortage by 2020. NEW DELHI: Ever since we domesticated the cocoa tree over 3,000 year ago, we have been growing them to make tastier chocolate, but in the process we have turned them vulnerable. According to the experts, there is a small global surplus of cocoa today, but the shortage may start pinching us as soon as 2020. People across the world just…

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Biotechnological Advances in Agriculture

By: Prof. R K Yadav (Deptt of Genetics and Plant Breeding C.S. Azad Univ. of Agril. & Tech. Kanpur & Sr. Associate Editor-ICN Group) KANPUR: Agriculture production in India has increased considerably during the last five decades largely due to the development and large scale cultivation of high-yielding dwarf varieties of rice and wheat, and greater applications of water and nutrients. This increase in food production has made India self-sufficient and contributed tremendously to food security. However, the population expected to reach 1.8 billion in 2050 will impose great demand for increased food…

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Importance Of Bt Bringal In India

By: Dr. Ripudaman Singh (Special Correspondent ICN Group) & Hemant Kumar ( Agriculture Correspondent ICN Group) NEW DELHI: The Bt. Brinjal is a transgenic brinjal created by inserting a crystal protein gene (Cry 1 Ac) from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis into the genome of various brinjal cultivars. These Brinjal plants are found to be resistance against lepidopteran insects like the Brinjal Fruit and Shoot Borer Leucinodes orbonalisand Fruit Borer Helioverpa armigera. Importance of Bringal in India Brinjal is a low calories and fats containing vegetable and contains mostly water, some…

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