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Four scientists of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have brought laurels to the institution by clinching fellowships and prizes during the Asian Citrus Congress- 2023, organised by the Indian Society of Citriculture in association with ICAR-Central Citrus Research Institute, Nagpur; Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions, Bangkok, Thailand; and Korean Society for Citrus and Subtropical Climate Fruits, Jeju, Republic of Korea at Nagpur from October 28-30. Delegates from more than 17 countries participated in the Congress.

Dr HS Rattanpal, Head, Department of Fruit Science, along with seven scientists from the Department of Fruit Science, School of Agricultural Biotechnology, Department of Plant Pathology, Dr JC Bakhshi Regional Research Station (RRS), Abohar and five postgraduate students actively participated and presented their research achievements through poster and oral presentations during the Congress.

Dr Sandeep Singh, Principal Entomologist (Fruits), was honored with the prestigious Fellowship by the Indian Society of Citriculture (ISC) for his outstanding contributions towards eco-friendly management of the insect-pests in citrus.

Dr Gurteg Singh, Principal Fruit Scientist, bagged second prize for oral presentation of his work entitled, “Understanding the volatile composition of peel extract of grapefruit (Citrus paradisi Macf.) varieties cultivated in India”.

Dr Amrinder Kaur, Plant Pathologist, was conferred with the second best oral presentation award for her research work entitled, “First report of Colletotrichum siamense causing fruit drop in Kinnow mandarin (Citrus nobilis x Citrus deliciosa) in Punjab, India.”

Dr Krishan Kumar, Scientist (Horticulture), RRS Abohar, was awarded third prize in oral presentation for his work entitled, “Ex vitro root induction in micro propagated shoots of rough lemon (Citrus jambhiri Lush.)”.

Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, Vice-Chancellor, PAU and Dr Ajmer Singh Dhatt, Director of Research, PAU, congratulated the scientists for their achievements.

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