IISR presents Excellence awards to the staff

31 Oct, 2011

The Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode, presented the annual IISR Excellence Awards to its staff members. Six awards were given to the staff members in recognition of their services in various categories.
Mrs. C K Beena (Administrative staff category), Mr. E V Ravindran and H C Rathish (Technical category) P Soman and N Cholurappa (Skilled Support staff category) were adjudged as the best in the respective categories. Research scholar Y K Bini won the best research scholar award instituted by IISR.
IISR Director Dr. M Anandaraj presented the awards at the annual general body meeting of the SARANI, the recreation club of the Institute. The award included a cash price, certificate and citation. Dr. M Anandaraj, Dr. S. Devasahayam, Dr. D Prasath, Dr. J Rema and Ms. Chinchu also spoke.
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Cartoon contest for high school students

18 October, 2011


As part of this year’s Vigilance Awareness Week Celebrations, the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) Calicut is conducting a Cartoon competition for high school (8-10th Std.) students.
The theme of the contest will be ‘Vigilance against Corruption’. Entries must be the original work of the entrant and should be in A4 size paper, drawn using either a pen or pencil. Only one entry per student is permissible.
All entries, with the name, class, school, complete postal address and contact number of the student written on the back side of the sheet and attested by the head of the institution, should be sent to Dr. K Kandiannan, Senior Scientist, Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), PB No. 1701, Marikkunnu Post, Calicut 673 012 so as to reach him on or before 1st November 2011.

For more details, contact 0495-2731410.


Phytophthora genome decoded

24 Sept, 2011

Kozhikkode: Dr. HP Singh launched the Phytophthora Genome Database developed by IISR. The genome of Phytophthora, the fungus-like organism that causes the dreaded foot rot disease of black pepper, has been completely sequenced for the first time by a group of scientists of Indian Institute of Spices Research, Calicut.
“The Phytophthora Genome database will surely help researchers in understanding how the pathogen interacts with the host and how the mechanism will change once the plant is affected by the pathogen, etc.,” said Dr. HP Singh.
“The Phytophthora Genome sequencing is a significant achievement of the ICAR network project on Phytophthora, Fusarium and Ralstonia (PhytoFuRa) being operational in seventeen research organizations across the country, including IISR,” said Dr. M Anandaraj, Director, IISR and coordinator of the network project.
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According to the researchers, the decoding of the genome will give clues about the regions to be targeted for the successful control of this important plant pathogen. The database will also enable scientists and students to mine the data for getting insights on the biology and genetic makeup of Phytophthora foot rot pathogen and to carry out research in a collaborative manner.

Indian horticulture is the fastest growing: Dr. HP Singh

“Indian horticulture is the fastest growing horticulture sector in the world,” said Dr. HP Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. He was talking at the valedictory function of the national training programme on Allele Mining at the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) here on Saturday.
“Despite all the adversities such as decreasing farmland and scarcity of water, we are still able to produce a major share of the food crops to feed our population,” he added. He also pointed out that if the power of information technology and biotechnology is utilized properly, the challenges in the field can be transferred to opportunities.
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The national training, sponsored by National Agricultural Innovation Project explore the use of genomic technologies along with genetic and bioinformatics approaches for identifying allelic variations and to dissect trait-gene associations. Dr. Ben Vosman from Wageningen UR Plant Breeding, Netherlands and experts from various ICAR institutes and State Agricultural Universities lead the sessions. Around 14 scientists from various research organizations and academic institutes across the country participated in the programme.
Dr. M Anandaraj, Director, IISR welcomed the gathering and Dr. Johnson K George, Course Director, proposed the vote of thanks. Course Coordinators Dr. D Prasath and Dr. S J Eapen also spoke.



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