Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology (CSUAT), Kanpur

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Department of Plant Pathology


The research activities in Plant Pathology were started in 1920-21 in Section of Plant Pathologist to Government, U.P. with a Plant Pathologist and three research assistants and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching including Ph.D. (by research) of Plant Pathology under Professor Botany in Botany department of Government Agricultural College in 1920 and 1945, respectively with staff of two Assistant Professors (Class II, Gazetted Officer), one Lecturer and one Demonstrator.

Courses Offered :

=> M.Sc. Agriculture in Plant Pathology
=> Ph.D. in Plant Pathology

Research Achievements :

=> Genetic stock of various crops is regularly screened out under natural as well as artificial condition of infection with an object to provide resistant donor for resistant breeding programme against disease and to assess the performance of released varieties. The department has provided resistant donor for developing following resistant moderately resistant varieties like in chickpea vars. Avrodhi, KWR108, Udai against root rot and wilt; wheat var. Deva against rust, var. Halna against Karnal Bunt ; barley var. Jyoti, Amber, Manjari, Haritma and Jagriti against smut and stripe disease; linseed var. Padmini and Rashmi against wilt; lentil var. Mallika against rust; field pea vars. Sapna and Swati, Rachna and Shikha against powdery mildew; pigeon pea var. KA-32-1 (Amar) and KA 91-25 (Azad) against sterility mosaic and wilt; vegetable pea Azad P-3 against powdery mildew; and paddy var. User 1 against bacterial blight and bacterial streak.

=> New chemicals and other eco-friendly methods are also screened regularly for their effectiveness in the management of plant disease caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses and nematodes.

=> Cheap and profitable production technology have been developed for the cultivation of paddy straw mush room, grown during summers and oyster (Dhingiri) and white button mushroom grown in winters by the scientist of the department. The department has been imparting training to the farmers and small entrepreneurs for the promotion of these edible mushroom production among the rural and urban populace of not only of this state like also form other states like M.P., Chhatishgarh Bihar and Jharkhand for the last 15 years thereby augmenting their income. By now more then 3000 farmers and unemployed youths and housewives have been trained free of cost. It is proposed to conduct seven six- day training programmes on it on payment basis. Through our efforts, at present 300 viable units on mushroom cultivation are on running in and aroud Kanpur city.

Infrastructure And Facilities Available In The Department :

=> Building : The department owns a British period building which include 2 lecture theatres; 2 practical room; seed pathology lab.; plant virology, bacteriology and IPM lab. of chick wilt with conference room and exhibition gallery (under construction); one glasshouse (under renovation); one jolly house; spawn production lab. (Under construction); multimedia lab.; computer lab.; bio-control lab.; Committee hall equipped with sound system and central instrument lab. (an university facility)

=> Equipments : Basic equipments include student microscopes, sophisticated advanced compound and stereoscopic microscopes with camera and CCTV, electronic balance, Oven, BOD incubators, PCR, Gel doc, ELISA reader, Gel electrophoresis, pH meter, deep freeze (-20 degree Celsius), OHP and slide projectors. LCD projector, digital camera.

=> Books : Basic plant pathological books are available in the central Library as well as departmental book club. The departmental book club is regularly enriched with the books and journals and bulletins donated by the retired faculty members. It also caters the news papers subscribed by the faculty members of the department.

Extension Activities :

=> Training to the Cultivators and field staff
=> Plant disease Surveys
=> Mushroom cultivation


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