Chromosome Manipulation For Resistance To Biotic And Abiotic Stresses
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Preface In India, over the past several decades, significant research, particularly in the field of Genetics and Plant Breeding, has revolutionized the agricuulture scenario in the form of green revolution in turn attained self sufficiency in food enabling country to export food grain and recently revolutionary srides have been made in genetics at molecular level. However, there are many challenges for its application in this field for which the scientific community has to gear up. The long term objective of plant breeding remains at increasing productivity to meet the food requirements of people. New varities tailored for improved agronomic traits have been the major factor for increasing the food production. Plant breeding through considered to be an art and science can now be related as an artistic science dealing with fundamental aspects of cytology, cytogenetics, wide hybridization and breeding studies andas scientific art ofnewer bio-tools likeBiotechnology, and so on. It has been always noticed that the adventof newer technologies slowlyphase out older technologies.Nevertheless, the use of older technologies can never be underestimated.With an aim of exposing theparticipant to the practical aspects of cytogenetics, breeding and biotechnological approaches, this winter school has been organized at MRKV, Rahuri. I sincerely thank the Indian Council of Agricultural Research New Delhi for its support to this University by way of financial assistance forconducting the winter school. I express my deepest sense of gratitude to our ViceAgriculture, Dr. R.B Deshmukh for his inspiring guidance, keen interest and whole heartedly support fororganizing and conducting this training programme.
I am thankful to Dr.TA More, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Dr.RH Shinde, Director of Research fortheir, guidence,help and co-operation in organizing this winter school. I also wish to achnowledge the help rendered by scienctists and staffof Mahatma phule Krishi Vidyapeeth Rahuri insuccessful conduct of the training programme. I am extremely grateful to all the scientists and distinguished guest lectures. The compoenduium of lectures delivered by the resources personnel and guest lecturers has been brought out. There might be some changes errors of omissions which might have been inadvertently made. I hope this compendium will be useful to the participants in their future research programme. S.S. Mehetre