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International Working Group on Plant Health Clinic

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

Star Fungicides – a Fascinating Group of Fungicides in Plant Protection

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M. P. Srivastava, FNAS, Chairperson, International Working Group on Plant Health Clinic

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.


Last Updated on Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:55

XSGrowth Initiative Towards Environment Protection

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Media Coverage Courtsey: Metro Now, New Delhi, July 11, 2009

XSGrowth is equally cocerned with environmental pollution and global warming, hence the lead taken by the Chairman of XSGrowth Plant Health Clinic, Dr M P Srivastava is a humble initiative in this direction, which has been coverd by Metro Now- "Dr. MP Srivastava is on a mission - a green mission to be precise. 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."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2009 03:49

Planting An Online Idea

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Media Coverage Coursey: Times Of India, New Delhi, August 12, 2009

"For those of you who have been fretting over how to keep your plants disease free, Dr. MP Srivastava comes with an online answer to all your queries" -  Delhi Times, TOI coverage. XSGrowth Plant Health Clinic has taken this initiative further one level up, by providing answers to all the questions received since it's inception on the general FAQ section of the website. Though this may take some time, but we are in a process to filter, sort, and put all those questions and answers for community benefit. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 August 2009 09:36

An Insight Into Quinone Outside Inhibitor (QoI) Fungicides

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M. P. Srivastava, FNAS, Chairperson, International Working Group on Plant Health Clinic

Quinone outside inhibitor fungicides are synthetic derivatives of naturally occurring strobillurin compounds introduced in the late 1990s and represent a novel group of fungicides, highly active against a broad range of fungi belonging to Oomycetes, Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes and Deuteromycetes. They are mitochondrial respiration inhibitors (MRI) which inhibit fungal respiration at the Quinone “Outside” (Qo) binding site of the cytochrome bc 1 complex. Being site-specific, they are at risk from the development of resistance in the target plant pathogens.

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2009 06:49

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International Technological Achievements Award Conferred on Dr. M. P. Srivastava

Global consultant on plant health and former Director Planning & Head, Plant Pathology of Haryana Agricultural University, Prof. M.P. Srivastava has been bestowed upon with “International Technological Achievements Award” on February 9, 2014.

Photo: Dr M P Srivastava [Extreme R] receiving the award

The award was given in recognition of his internationally acclaimed contribution on Plant Healthcare Technology and its dissemination towards mitigating crop losses and promoting plant health clinic worldwide. The award instituted by EET CRS, was given to him by presenting a memento and Certificate of Excellence in a glittering function in Noida on 9th of February 2014. Dr Srivastava has shared his innovations in reducing crop losses and strengthening food security at several occasions in India and at International Congresses at Edinburgh 1998, New Zealand 2003, Beijing 2013.