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DPG wishes Dr. Srivastava very much success in developing his idea to support the extension and consultation with respect to plant protection by his plant clinic approach.
The Global Plant Clinic (GPC) is managed by CABI in alliance with Rothamsted Research and the Central Science Laboratory. The GPC provides plant health services and support over 80 plant health clinics in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Dr. M.P. Srivastava advocates creation of organized plant clinics in Asia
Indian scientist advocates creation of organized plant clinics in Asia
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 04:52
Dr. M.P. Srivastava, delivering an invited Keynote Address on “Plant clinics hold key to food security” on Aug 29, 2013 at Beijing in 10th International Congress of Plant Pathology, advocated creation of well-organized clinics modeled on human clinics to ensure food security to ever growing population in Asia. The Congress was organized by Chinese Society for Plant Pathology under the aegis of International Society of Plant Pathology, currently headed by Dr. Greg Johnson.
Photo: (L-R) Dr Greg I Johnson, President, International Society of Plant Pathology and Prof. M. P. Srivastava, Ex-President, Indian Society of Plant Pathology.
The focus of his lecture was towards mitigating huge losses due to plant pests and enhancing productivity through diagnostic and advisory support of plant clinics. Approximately 40% of the produce is believed to be lost worldwide by plant pests, for want of timely diagnosis and advisory support. Saving even one percent loss can feed the millions according to Oerke, 2006.
He called upon the participating nations to create well-developed, multispecialty, farmer-centric clinic on lines of human clinic in rural areas too like primary health center so that farmers get right diagnostic and mitigatory advice in time. The clinics need to provide7x12 services free of cost on plant health and ailments and innovations to achieve higher productivity. He also stressed on organizing plant health camps, monitoring pest scenario, issuing pest alert and keeping vigil on pest incursion and empowering farmers with knowledge to tackle pests. He urged that during epiphytotics outbreak ‘Clinic on wheels’ must help the farmers in rendering on the spot advice. He underlined the need of maintaining database, networking and impact analysis and tango with research, government and pesticide dealers for optimizing techno-resources. Communication with farmers needs to be invigorated though print, electronic devices, toll-free telephony, e-mails, SMSs and social media. He also highlighted the role of innovative publications – Plant Disease Warning, Plant Pathology Courier, amongst others in keeping pests at bay. Around a thousand delegates across the world attended the lecture.
Concluding his address, he said, “creating such clinics with difference, modeled on human clinics, providing wide range of plant health services at zero cost, shall symbolize quintessential ‘plant clinic/hospital’, empowering farmers to improve food security and plant doctors commanding same status and recognition as physicians in the society.
His mission is to popularize plant clinic globally, more so in Asia to boost food security, where ever-growing population pose serious threat to Food Security. It is in this context, he had earlier organized an Evening Session on Plant Health Clinic in 2008 in 9th ICPP2008 at Turin, Italy.
Dr Srivastava has been Director Planning & Head Plant Pathology at Haryana Agricultural University, retired a decade ago but continues to promote Technology transfer & more importantly Plant Clinic in augmenting food security. Currently he is offering online advice on establishment of plant clinics, diagnosis and remedial measures for various diseases and pests and delivering invited lectures on plant health, plant clinics, pragmatic control of plant diseases and allied issues
Dr. M. P. Srivastava felicitated with Dr. Radhakrishnan Award
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:40
Dr. M. P. Srivastava, a former Director Planning and Head, Department of Plant Pathology of Haryana Agricultural University and Chairperson, XSGrowth Plant Health Clinic was honored with prestigious Dr Radhakrishnan Gold Medal Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution in Education and Research & yeoman service to the society.
The award was conferred on him by Global Economic Research Association on 19th October at Chennai on the occasion of National Unity Conference by presenting him Gold medal, memento and certificate of Excellence.
Dr. Srivastava is recipient of several awards & honor, which include Best Extension Scientist National Award, Environment Award, and Fellowship of the National Academy of Sciences amongst others, for transfer of innovative technology to farmers in mitigating losses from plant pests, augmenting productivity and boosting food security.
His major concern is food security, for which he is popularizing plant clinic globally. In this context, Professor Srivastava was invited to deliver a Keynote lecture on ”Plant Health Clinic & Food Security in Asia” during 10th International Congress on Plant Pathology at Beijing on 29th Aug 2013, at Beijing, China.
Currently he is rendering online advice on establishment of plant clinic, diagnosis and remedies of plant pests through his web portal XSGrowth
Star Fungicides – a Fascinating Group of Fungicides in Plant Protection
M. P. Srivastava, FNAS, Chairperson, International Working Group on Plant Health Clinic
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:55
STAR (Strobilurin Type Action and Resistance) fungicides include the strobilurins – azoxystrobin, dimoxysrobin, enestroburin, fluoxastrobin, kresoxim-methyl, metaminostrobin, orysastrobin, picostrobin, pyraclostrobin, and trifloxystrobin, and the non-strobilurin – famoxadone, fenamidone and pyribencarb with similar mode of action. They were introduced in the late 1990s and represent a novel group of fungicides.