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International Working Group on Plant Health Clinic

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
 

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 Read more...
 

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 Read more...
 

Evening Session on Plant Health Clinic - ICPP 2008

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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 Read more...
 

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
 


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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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