Correspondent Profile

National Correspondent Name: Professor Narpat Singh Shekhawat
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Country: INDIA
Organisation: Retired Professor of Botany, UGC โ€“ Centre for Advanced Study in Botany, Jai Narain Vyas University, Jodhpur โ€“ 342001 (Rajasthan)
Number of Members: 18 (Eighteen)
IAPB related activities if any that you organise within your country/region e.g local meetings: Any other comments that you feel are appropriate for our audiencePlant Tissue Culture Association (PTCA) India meets every year. There are several government organizations and private institutions applying biotechnology for commercial production of plants / products in India.
Conferences/events/meetings that you plan on attending this year or early next year: 39th meeting of the Plant Tissue Culture Association โ€“ India & National Symposium on Plant Biotechnology will be organized at the Arid Forest Research Institute (AFRI), Jodhpur. We expect members of association to participate in the Sun city of Jodhpur. Pioneers of biotechnology/plant sciences will grace the event.
A short piece about the plant science sector/industry in your country:
India is a country with rich biodiversity of plants. This includes crop plants, forest / wild trees, horticultural plants, forage crops, herbal and medicinal plants. Plant tissue culture has been applied for basic research and for applied purposes. Micropropagation / cloning / mass propagation of selected plants has been done extensively. In vitro morphogenesis has been studied. Production of secondary metabolites in cultures and conservation of germplasm of rare and threatened taxa are areas of research.