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About ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute
The ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), an institute affiliated with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, was founded in 1963 and includes a Regional Centre located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The All India Coordinated Research Project on Tuber Crops (AICRP-TC), operating from the headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, is responsible for the research, development, and extension activities related to tropical tuber crops across 18 states and one union territory (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) in India. ICAR- CTCRI holds a unique distinction as the only research organization worldwide exclusively dedicated to the study of tropical tuber crops. These crops encompass major tuber varieties such as cassava, sweet potato, yams, aroids (elephant foot yam, taro, and tannia), as well as minor tuber crops like Chinese potato, arrowroot, and yam bean. These tuber crops play a vital role as staple foods in the diets of people in the developing world, with versatile applications in the feed and industrial sectors. As part of its Diamond Jubilee celebration this year, the Institute commemorates 60 years of focused research. During this time, numerous sustainable production, protection, and processing technologies have been developed for these crops, and 71 improved varieties have been released. The agri-business incubator and techno-incubation centre, situated at both the headquarters and the regional station, actively promote entrepreneurship among farmers and other stakeholders.

Accurate identification of pathogens affecting crop plants is a crucial step in ensuring high-quality and safe agricultural production. The diagnosis of diseases caused by various plant pathogens has historically posed a significant challenge. To align with eco-friendly practices in modern agriculture, it is imperative to adopt diagnostic techniques capable of detecting even minimal levels of pathogen inoculums in soil or propagation material. This is crucial for limiting the spread of epidemics and implementing effective control measures in a rational and efficient manner. Therefore, the development of bioassays becomes essential, incorporating symptoms and employing serological or biophysical assays to identify pathogen-encoded proteins or nucleic acids. The selection of a diagnostic technique for crop diseases depends on the specific pathogen involved, and the desired level of sensitivity. At ICAR- CTCRI, in the Division of Crop Protection, during the last two decade, considerable advances have been made in the areas of disease diagnosis involving serological and nucleic acid based advanced techniques for different plant pathogens. About the training
• To impart knowledge on diagnosis of plant diseases
•To update novel plant disease diagnostic approaches
To utilize the opportunity for addressing the challenges encountered in this training subject.

Course Contents
• Conventional techniques for disease diagnosis
• Molecular diagnostic techniques and their application Immuno- diagnostic and their application
• Polymerase chain reaction in disease diagnosis
• Application of nanotechnology in disease diagnosis
• Practical classes on molecular diagnostic techniques
Duration of the course is five days from 19-23 February 2024. The outstation participants are expected to arrive latest by the evening of 18 February 2024. The participants are advised to schedule their return journey only after 5.00 PM on 23 February 2024.
Participant should be students/ staff from ICAR Institutes/ SAUS/ CAU/ Deemed to be Universities/ Colleges/ KVKS, State Departments of Agriculture/ Horticulture, Entrepreneurs etc. Maximum intake of participants to this training programme will be limited to 20 based on first come first serve basis. Interested participants may apply using QR code or by sending their application in the prescribed format by e mail ( on or before the last date 9th February 2024 with the details of the training fee remitted through NEFT transfer.

Training fee
Rs.5000/- plus 18% GST amounting to Rs.5900/- per head.
Payments may be made to following account:
Account No Branch
: 57019705533
: SBI, Kallampally IFSC: SBIN0070288
Travel, Food and Accommodation
The lodging and boarding expenses are to be borne by the participants. Guest house accommodation will be provided on payment, subject to the availability and on prior intimation (Rs. 300 to 400 per person per day).
Venue and Location
The programme will be held at ICAR-Central Tuber Crops Research Institute, Sreekariyam, Thiruvananthapuram-695017, Kerala which is about 12 km away from Thiruvananthapuram Central Railway Station/ Air port/ bus terminal, and well connected with bus/ pre-paid auto facility.
Dates to remember
Last date of submission of application. : 9 February 2024
Date of training: 19-23, February, 2024

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