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International Working Group on Plant Health Clinic

Role of Phytomedicines and Plant Health Clinic on Plant Health Security

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(Resume of presentation by Dr MP Srivastava at ‘3rd international Symposium on Plant Protection and Plant Health in Europe’ at Berlin, Germany, 14-16 May, 2009)

Ever growing population and unprecedented losses due to plant pests pose serious threat to our food security. Managing population is an uphill task but devastating losses can be prevented by providing stringent security to plants through phytomedicines and plant health clinic and thereby assuring food security. Phytomedicines/pesticides not only control plant diseases/pests, but also improve productivity, which is otherwise lost to pests.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 June 2009 08:52

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

Evening Session on Plant Health Clinic - ICPP 2008

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Reproduced from BSPP News (London) www.bspp.org.uk

Evening Session on Plant Health Clinic - ICPP 2008, Turin (Italy)

Professor MP Srivastava organized the plant health clinic session which was aimed at bringing awareness on the role and need of plant clinics in keeping diseases and pests at bay. Out of 11 listed speakers, 9 of them presented their papers. The session began with the presentation by Prof. Srivastava, who gave an overview of plant health clinics across the globe. In his introductory remarks, he emphasized that although plant clinics are operating in India, the USA, Canada, the UK and Afro-Asian countries, we don’t yet have organized plant clinics like the ones for humans and animals.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 December 2008 11:20

Grape Diseases

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Presented by Dr. MP Srivastava, initiating Grape Health Clinic, upon request from Maharashtra Grape Grower Association.

Grape is attacked by a number of diseases. However, anthracnose, downy mildew, powdery mildew, and bunch rot/ berry rot caused by certain fungi or group of fungi are most important. Their control lies in modifying vine microclimate; timely annual pruning of dead arms/vines, and also removal of abnormal un-harvested bunches from the vines immediately after harvest is over, and timely and judicious application of fungicides, after annual pruning and during the season.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2008 14:25

Strobilurins- A New Generation fungicide

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Presented by Dr. MP Srivastava (Complete presentation on Strobilurins, available upon request)

Strobilurins are a group of chemical compounds used in agriculture as fungicides. They are part of the larger group of QoI inhibitors, which act to inhibit the respiratory chain at the level of Complex III.

Some common Strobilurins are azoxystrobin, kresoxim-methyl, picoxystrobin, fluoxastrobin, oryzastrobin, dimoxystrobin, pyraclostrobin and trifloxystrobin.

Strobilurins represented a major development in fungus-based fungicides. They were extracted from the fungus Strobilurus tenacellus. They have a suppressive effect on other fungi, reducing competition for nutrients; they inhibit electron transfer in mitochondria, disrupting energy metabolism and preventing growth of the target fungi.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2008 06:24

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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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