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Dr. M.P. Srivastava advocates creation of organized plant clinics in Asia

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Indian scientist advocates creation of organized plant clinics in Asia

(L-R) Dr Greg I Johnson, President, International Society of Plant Pathology and  Prof.  M. P. Srivastava, Ex-President, Indian Society of Plant Pathology 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

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 04:52

International Working Group on Plant Health Clinic

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An International Working Group on Plant Health Clinic headed by Dr. M. P. Srivastava, Global Consultant on Plant Clinic, from India, as its Chairperson, and Dr. Eric Boa, Manager, Global Plant Clinic, UK as Co-Chairperson has been formed. The other members of the Group are: Dr. Melodie Putman (Oregon, USA), Dr. Naresh Mehta (Hisar, India), Dr. U. S. Singh (Pantnagar, India), Dr. Solveig Danielesen (Denmark), Dr. Mark Sabrouin (Ontario, Canada), Dr. Jim Stack (Kansas, USA), Dr. Pamela D. Roberts (Florida, USA), Dr. Krishna Mohan (Idaho, USA), Dr. Natalie Goldberg (La Cruces, USA).

The group may meet from time to time associating CABI to chalk out strategies to strengthen ‘Mission Plant Health Clinic’. 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2008 11:59

Plant Clinic – A technological marvel in plant disease control

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Presented by Dr. M. P. Srivastava, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar – 125 004, India

Food is the prime requirement of man for which he depends on agriculture. Ever-growing population, more so in developing nations, fast urbanization and industrialization and alarming losses due to plant diseases pose a serious threat to food security. While rising population can be managed or not, plant diseases can be managed to a larger extent. One of the important aspects in the management of plant diseases lies in its correct diagnosis for which well-organized plant clinics are must. Plant clinic’s role does not remain confined to diagnosis but making suitable recommendations. Since plant clinic may not render suitable services particularly in the event of outbreak of epiphytotics hence mobile plant clinics can render better services in reaching diverse areas. May the dawn of this millennium witness plant clinic as global phenomenon. Read more on Plant Health Clinic

Last Updated on Monday, 03 November 2008 09:42

Transfer of plant pathology knowledge for rural prosperity – an Asian perspective

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Presented by Dr. MP Srivastava, as a Keynote Address at the 8th International Congress of Plant Pathology, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2 – 7 February 2003

Shrinkage of arable land due to an ever-increasing population and the incidence of disease have become stumbling blocks in improving agricultural production and, consequently rural prosperity. This can be achieved by increasing productivity on one hand and by avoiding losses from diseases and pests on the other. In order to ensure sustainability, we have to aim for judicious pesticide application and also rely upon integrated pest management, biotechnology and organic farming. Establishment of organized plant clinics independently or under an Agricultural Information Technology Centre shall go a long way to identifying the problem and adopting suitable measures on the recommendation of the practitioner or consultant.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2008 11:25


Dismayed at the growing concrete jungle in Gurgaon and mindful of horrors of global warming, Dr. Srivastava has since started a movement of sorts by planting saplings of Peepal and Neem in the Millenium City. His group is called APPAN (Awareness Promotion for Peepal and Neem).

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