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DG, ICAR Inaugurates NICRA Research Facilities at ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru on 6 February, 2019.


         Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) inaugurated the facilities established under NICRA project for conducting studies on impact of elevated temperature, carbon dioxide and water stress on horticultural crops at ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru. The three facilities inaugurated are viz., Free Air Temperature Enhancement (FATE), Carbon dioxide and Temperature Gradient Chambers (CTGC) and Automated Rainout Shelter (ROS).

        The FATE facility is provided with infrared heaters to enhance the temperature at crop canopy height in open field conditions. The facility could be used for evaluation of horticultural crops under elevated temperature and CO2 conditions. The Carbon dioxide and Temperature Gradient Chambers (CTGC) facility is intended for conducting studies on the impacts of elevated CO2 and temperature on growth, insect pests and diseases. The anticipated elevated CO2 and temperatures under climate change conditions are simulated in the facility. The automated rain out shelter facility is provided with light and rain sensors and cloudy conditions and few drops of rain would trigger the automated closure and protection of the experimental area. The studies on limited water stress could be conducted in the facility unhindered.

       The inaugural function was also graced by Dr. K. Alagusundaram, DDG (AE&NRM), Dr. S. Bhaskar, ADG (AAF&CC), Dr. M. R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru and Dr. G. Ravindra Chary, Director (Actg.), ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad. NICRA Expert Committee members, Dr. N.K. Krishna Kumar, Former DDG (Hort Sci), Dr. B. Venkateswarlu, Former VC, VNMKV, Parbhani; Dr. Y.S Ramakrishna, Former Director, CRIDA, Hyderabad, Dr. C.L. Acharya, Former Director, IISS, Bhopal, Dr. SK Pandey, Former Director, CPRI, Shimla, Dr. AG Ponniah, Former Director, CIBA, Chennai, Dr. R. C. Upadhyay, Principal Scientist (Retd.), NDRI, Karnal, Dr. M. Prabhakar, PI, NICRA, CRIDA, Hyderabad along with Directors and Centre Heads of local ICAR institutes in Bengaluru were also participated in the event.  







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