Jammu, November 16: Governor N.N. Vohra, Chancellor of the
University of Jammu, inaugurated the National Conference on Fungal
Biology: Recent Trends and Future Prospects and the 44th Annual meeting
of the Mycological Society of India (MSI), at the University of Jammu,
Governor complimented the University of Jammu and the MSI for organizing
this important Conference and observed that high priority attention
needs to be given for extensive researches in Mycology, to enable
solutions to diverse challenges being faced in the agriculture,
industry, health and other sectors. He urged the scientists to explore
and gainfully exploit the rich Mycological diversity available in Jammu
Governor observed that J&K is suited to the cultivation of varied
varieties of myco foods, particularly mushrooms which have high
medicinal and nutritional value. He urged the scientists and researchers
in the University to collaborate with scientists in the State
Agriculture Universities and enable large scale cultivation of
mushrooms, which could secure high profits for the farmers. He
emphasized that the progressive advances in Mycology would contribute to
economic advancement of the farmers.
Governor stressed the need for a mission based approach for conservation
of the bio-diversity, observing that the scientific community and the
administrative apparatus need to proactively work together for evolving
practical solutions to the serious challenges emerging from the
phenomenon of global warming and climate change.
Governor expressed concern over the unusual climatic patterns and their
inimical effects on agricultural production and productivity. In this
context he urged the State Farm and other Universities to evolve
visionary projects for timely dealing with the arising challenges of
Referring to the Keynote Address of Prof. B.L. Jalali, former Director
Research, Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar, Governor observed that
we should pay heed to the arising warning signals and urgently forge
national and international collaborations to evolve new varieties of
seeds and plants which have the capability of withstanding the predicted
fluctuations in climate. He noted that research in Mycology could be
very useful in advancing our agricultural growth and developing
techniques which could prove beneficial for meeting the challenges
Governor presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Prof. C.
Manoharachary and congratulated him for his crucial contributions in the
field of Mycology.
Prof. B.L. Jalali, former Director Research, Haryana Agriculture
University, Hisar, in his Keynote Address talked about fungal diversity
and its usefulness for plant, animal and human life.
Prof. R.D Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, gave the
Presidential Address; Dr. S.K. Deshmukh, President MSI presented his
remarks about the Conference and Prof. Geeta Sumbli, Dean Life Sciences
gave a briefing about the Conference.
Prof. N. Raaman, Secretary MSI, Centre for Advanced Studies in Botany,
University of Madras, presented the Welcome Address and Vote of Thanks
was given by Dr. Veenu Kaul, Associate Professor, Department of Botany.