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  • Single Cell Protein Production and its Advantages and Disadvantages    By: Ajit Kumar Dubedi Anal

    The rapidly increasing world population generates the challenge of providing necessary food sources. single cell proteins derived from the waste organic products had been proved a very useful technology. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Bio-Pesticides and its Uses    By: Ajit Kumar Dubedi Anal

    Bio-pesticides are certain types of pesticides derived from such natural materials as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Interactions between Zinc and other Plant Nutrients    By: Deepmohan Mahala

    Zinc is active element in biochemical processes. It is soil factors which are responsible for low available zinc supply to crops. As Zinc has a chemical and biological interaction with other nutrient elements, which decide the fate of Zinc in soil. High soil phosphate levels are one of the most common causes of zinc deficiency in crops. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Thunderstorm Forecasting and Mitigation of the After-Effects    By: Brijesh Yadav

    Thunderstorms are an extreme weather event which may cause a lot of agricultural, livestock's and human health losses. SPC forecasters, NWS forecasters, NSSL researchers and other groups work together to develop and evaluate the best thunderstorm forecasting tools, including computer forecast models and new forecasting techniques >> Category: Agriculture
  • DNA Banking: A complementary approach for safe conservation of germplasm resources    By: Dr. Dhammaprakash P Wankhede

    DNA banking offers new opportunities which are expected to have positive impact on several aspects of gene bank such as conservation, characterization, and utilization of germplasm. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Silkworm - An Alternate Source of Protein    By: Dr. Ranjith M.

    The widely domesticated Silkworm from which silk we obtain is an rich source of protein and this topic deals with how silkworm larvae and pupae can effectively meet out the worlds protein requirement >> Category: Agriculture
  • Role of Micronutrients in Animal health    By: Deepa Joshi

    Micronutrients or 'trace elements' has a very important role to play in sustaining better animal growth and development and thereby overall health. The supplementatation of optimum amount of micronutrients in animal diet leads to improved animal production however their deficiency leads to severe growth reduction and depress its production. Therefore micronutrients though they are required in trace amounts are equally important for them as they are for plant and human beings. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Secondary Metabolites in Fruit Crops: Health Benefits    By: Sunil Kumar

    Plant-based foods, such as fruits and nuts contain significant amounts of bioactive phytochemicals, may provide desirable health benefits beyond basic nutrition to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Recent Advances on Gene Transfer Methods in Fruit Crops    By: Sunil Kumar

    Agrobacterium-mediated transformation and microprojectile bombardment based transformation are standard laboratory techniques in plant labs. However in the recent past development of alternative marker free system technology and cisgenics are some other relevant advance in fruit species transformation. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Package and Practices of Pop corn (Zea mays var. everta)    By: Deepa Joshi

    Popcorn, which is most primitive of the surviving race of corn, climatic requirements along with its method of sowing, harvesting , varieties recommended for different areas and its popping quality >> Category: Agriculture
  • Role of Geographical Indication in Fruit Crops    By: Praveen Kumar Mishra

    Geographical indication (GI) is a name or indication used for identifying specific trait/quality/reputation of goods specific to geographical region, locality or origin. The popular fruit cultivars can be conserved under GI to avail economic prosperity of producers in their geographical territory. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Integrated Nutrient Management: Concept and Components    By: Rajendra Kumar Yadav

    IPNS is defined as maintenance or adjustment of soil fertility and supply of plant nutrient to an optimum level for sustaining the desired crop productivity through optimization of benefit from all possible resources of plant nutrients in an integrated manner. IPNS is used to maintain or adjust soil fertility and plant nutrient supply to achieve a given level of crop production >> Category: Agriculture
  • Trichoderma and its Benefits    By: Ajit Kumar Dubedi Anal

    Trichoderma spp., are free-living fungi that are common occurring in soil. They release a variety of compounds that induce localized or systemic resistance responses in plants. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Role of Protected Cultivation in Fruit Crops    By: Praveen Kumar Mishra

    Protected cultivation (PC) is climate control production systems to minimise the chemical, pesticides residue in pomological produce. PC system offers great scope to produce organic fruit, minimize insect pest incidence, avoid fruit cracking, prevent frost injury, hardening of tissue culture as well as cuttings budded layered and grafted plants. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Mass Production Techniques of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi    By: Ajit Kumar Dubedi Anal

    Arbuscular Mycorrhizal fungi form symbiotic associations with the roots of plants. Numerous techniques have been developed in the for the mass production of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. The main obstacle behind the mass production techniques of AM fungi is the obligate nature of this fungus and species level identification of AM fungal species could not be possible at the early stage of development. In-vitro cultivation methods such as root organ culture and hydroponic system has most widely used for the mass production of AM fungi. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Evolution in Agriculture with 1-Methylcyclopropene    By: Rajni Sinha

    Endogenous ethylene production is an essential part of ripening of climacteric fruit but it is avoidable for long storage purpose which can be controlled by 1-MCP >> Category: Agriculture
  • Biofertilizers for Sustainable Agriculture    By: Ajit Kumar Dubedi Anal

    Biofertilizers are defined as preparations containing living cells or latent cells of efficient strains of microorganisms that help crop plants uptake of nutrients by their interactions in the rhizosphere when applied through seed or soil. They accelerate certain microbial processes in the soil which augment the extent of availability of nutrients in a form easily assimilated by plants. Use of biofertilizers is one of the important components of integrated nutrient management, as they are cost effective and renewable source of plant nutrients to supplement the chemical fertilizers for sustainable agriculture. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Different Delivery Systems of Trichoderma spp.    By: Ajit Kumar Dubedi Anal

    For diseases control, delivery and establishment of Trichoderma to the site of action is very important. The most common methods of application of Trichoderma are seed treatment, seed biopriming, root treatment, soil application and foliar spraying/wound dressing. Seed treatment Seed coating with Trichoderma is one of the easy and effective methods of delivering the antagonist for the management of seed/soil-borne diseases. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Plant Growth Regulators (PGR): Cornerstone in modern cucurbit hybrid seed production    By: Rajesh Kumar Sharma

    Cucurbit crops are insect pollinated, and the introduction of honey bee colonies into cucurbit seed production fields is an essential step for success. However, isolation is required to prevent out crossing, both for open pollinated cultivars and hybrid cucurbit seeds. Understanding the role of phytohormones and growth regulators in sex expression of cucurbits has greatly facilitated hybrid seed production. Application of the correct PGR at the appropriate time and concentration is a cornerstone in modern cucurbit seed production. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Partial Root Zone Drying : An Advanced Approach of Irrigation    By: Rajni Sinha

    Evaluating the pressures associated with climate change, population growth and deteriorating agricultural practices generates a irrigation management technique as PRD that reduce water use without a decline in yield, and tends to increase in water use efficiency >> Category: Agriculture
  • Nutritional Food Security Through Organic Horticulture    By: Praveen Kumar Mishra

    Mostly fruits and vegetables are produced by the farmers but their family members particularly children's are affected from essential nutrient components. Organic cultivation are sustainable, environmental friendly and nutritionally superior. Therefore a need of organic horticulture production mainly fruits and vegetables for ensuring nutritional food security. Organic production gives not only quality horticulture produce but also helps in conserve the natural resources, resolve ecological troubles with the reduction of soil, air and water pollution. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Integrated Management of Litchi Mite    By: Dr. Kuldeep Srivastava

    Litchi mite is a major problem and can be managed by pruning and removal of infested twigs/ shoots just after harvesting of the fruit before new emergence of new flush. Further 2 spray of chlorfenapyr 10 EC (3ml/l) or propargite 57 EC (3ml/l) at 15 days interval during July. Pruning of newly infested twigs during October and spray with chlorfenapyr 10 EC (3ml/l) or propargite 57 EC (3ml/l). >> Category: Agriculture
  • Litchi: Nutritional Value and Health Benefits    By: Manvendra Singh

    Litchi (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) is a sub-tropical evergreen sapindaceous fruit crop. It is well known for its bright red, attractive luscious fruit possessing abundant nutritional benefits. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Dihydroorotate Dehydrogenase: A Mitochondrial Enzyme of Pyrimidine Biosynthesis    By: Sukumar Taria

    Most of the enzymes involved in the pyrimidine biosynthesis are cytosolic enzymes,but the reaction catalysed by the dihydroorotate dehydrogenase is the only mitochondrial enzyme present in the outer surface of the inner membrane. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Integrated Management of Litchi Fruit and Shoot Borer    By: Dr. Amrendra Kumar

    Litchi fruit and shoot borer is the most important pest of litchi fruits. It causes heavy economic loss to the growers. Once the fruit infested by pest it becomes unfit for consumption and processing. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Water Quality for Poultry Birds    By: Dr. Anjali Kumari

    About the quality and components present in drinking water used for poultry birds. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Traits to Study Under Drought Stress in Wheat    By: Dr. R S Tomar

    Drought is a major constraint and environmental factor in limiting wheat productivity in many parts of the world particularly in rainfed agriculture. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Strategies to Increase Pulse Production Through New Technology Adoption    By: Dr. R S Tomar

    The changes in existing pulses production technology and implementation of the new ones can reduce the cost of production and hence prices, and create scope for further increase in demand for pulse crops >> Category: Agriculture
  • Kisan Credit Card: Innovative Tool for Farmers Credit System    By: Dr. Amit Singh

    Benefits of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) Scheme to the banks and farmers. The basic philosophy of the article is to focus on the establish credit system that is prevailing in the country and the measure that were taken to improve the same for the benefits of the farmers. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Litchi Based Cropping in Pond    By: Dr. R K Patel

    Land which is lying unutilized due to water logging may be successfully restored through making of pond and utilized for water conservation and fish culture. All pond embankments which are remains unutilized made useful for cultivation of litchi, banana, papaya and other seasonal crops throughout the year. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Grafting in Sohiong for Plant Multiplication    By: Dr. R K Patel

    Sohiong (Prunus nepalensis) plants are propagated through seeds by the farmers from long time that resulted variation in fruit quality and also have the long gestation period (> 8 years). Owing to long gestation period and high canopy size, a novel plant multiplication technique through grafting (wedge and tongue) in sohiong has been standardized. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Horse gram: Mining Genes for Abiotic Stress Tolerance and Therapeutic Values    By: Dr. Dinesh Chand

    Horse gram is a potential crop for future and is a source of mining genes for abiotic stress tolerance, heavy metal stress, high protein content, nitrogen fixation ability, antioxidant and resistance to diseases. It is also used for a number of medicinal and therapeutic applications in Ayurvedic medicine such as curing piles, renal stones etc. >> Category: Agriculture
  • GRAS and DELLA Protein    By: Sukumar Taria

    GRAS protein is palnt specific family of plant protein involved in plant developmental process. Among them,DELLA protein is one of the protein sub family involved in GA and loght signalling. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Bio-Aesthetic Planning and Benefits    By: Dr. Prativa Anand

    The term 'bio-aesthetic planning', given by Prof. Lancelot Hogben, refers to the conscious planning of the flora and the fauna with the objective of beautifying our surroundings or country. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Dichondra: Perfect Ground Cover for Shaded Lawns    By: Dr. Babita Singh

    Dichondra is not a turf grass but a fast growing ground cover. This is a perennial warm season grass with fine texture which has a prostrate or creeping growth habit with circular leaves. It grows very close to the ground, (usually not over 2 inches tall).It is adapted to warmer climates, but will retain its striking green color during winter temperatures as below 0 degree C with only slight leaf browning. dichondra has broad, almost circular leaves and when mowed low establishes a thick dense carpet look. It is now used in many ground cover situations where normal grasses may not do as well. It will develop beautiful white flowers throughout most of the warmer months which also lay close to the ground which add a stunning cottage feel to lawns and gardens, and which often visually blends both lawns and gardens together in a very pleasing manner. The cascading habit also makes this attractive plant perfect for rock walls or window boxes. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Integrated Farming System with Gender Perspective    By: Pampi Paul

    Gender perspective in integrated farming system is very crucial as from the beginning of the era women remain as part of agriculture with their male counterparts. Invisible work, less wage labour, less access and control over resources, less to extension services etc. are serious gender issues to consider. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Role of Espaliers in Creating Living Sculptures    By: Dr. Ritu Jain

    Espalier' refers to the training of a plant or tree to grow flat against a wall or trellis. Espalier has considerable merit in today's garden design. The practice was originally used in the old world to conserve space in small orchards and gardens. Today, espaliers are used for introducing a decorative accent in the landscape the espalier plant is very definitely favored when the plot of ground is narrow, against wall or fences. This method of growing shrubs and trees is certainly decorative and conserves space.The word espalier is French, and it comes from the Italian spalliera, meaning 'something to rest the shoulder (spalla) against'. During the 17th Century, the word initially referred only to the actual trellis or frame on which such a plant was trained to grow, but over time it has come to be used to describe both the practice and the plants themselves.[1] The practice was popularly used in the middle ages in Europe to produce fruit inside the walls of a typical castle courtyard without interfering with the open space and to decorate solid walls by planting flattened trees near them. Vineyards have used the technique in the training of grapes for hundreds or perhaps even thousands of years. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Participatory Plant Breeding - Farmers have the opportunity to choose    By: Dr. Madhu Patial

    In Participatory Plant Breeding both breeders and farmers complement each other in varietal development process. Farmers disseminated his hand on knowledge and needs, share his germplasm and fields and are involved in each and every step besides ready for earlier adoption of the material. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Tips to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh for Long Time    By: Dr. Ritu Jain

    Flowers are highly perishable commodities and there are enormous losses in value of cut flower all along the market channel and are estimated to be 30-40 per cent of farm value. Flowers needs gentle handling as they continue to live after harvest at the expense of reserve food. The nature and extent of postharvest damage is typical for each crop or cultivar. The post harvest losses become important especially when dealing with the export of fresh flowers to distant and foreign market. Therefore, patient, soft and expert handling of flowers is of utmost importance after harvest. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Role of RNAi Technology in Solanaceous Vegetables    By: Hanuman Ram

    Gene silencing is a eukaryotic genome defense system against viruses and mobile DNA elements that works by processing double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) into short interfering RNA (siRNA). RNA interference (RNAi) refers to a multi-step process, including the introduction of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) into a cell, cleavage of dsRNA into short interfering RNA (siRNA) 21- 26 nt in size, formation of RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC), degradation of complementary mRNA, and suppression of target gene expression. RNAi technology has become a powerful tool for the study of the functions of individual genes in a range of organisms. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Imperata Cylindrica Mediated Doubled Haploidy technique for Wheat Improvement    By: Dr. Madhu Patial

    Imperata Cylindrica is a wild grass which is being taken for development of haploids through embryo rescue technique which has been reported to be the is most efficient technique for DH development in wheat >> Category: Agriculture
  • Precision Farming: An Innovative Approach for Crop Management    By: Arjun Verma

    Precision farming in many developing countries including India is in its infancy stage but there are numerous opportunities for its adoption. The support from governments and the private sector during the initial stages of adoption is therefore vital. Precision farming is essential for the purpose of enhancing productivity, reducing ecological balance and degradation. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Climate Change and Extension Role in Adaptation Practices    By: Arjun Verma

    Climate is an ever changing phenomenon and are experienced by all type of communities whether it may be poor or rich around the world, but poor communities much more affected because they have much higher levels of vulnerability to environmental determinants of health, wealth and other factors, and much lower levels of capacity available for coping with environmental change. Extension can help farmers to prepare for greater climate variability and uncertainty, create contingency measures to deal with exponentially increasing risk, and alleviate the consequences of climate change by providing advice on how to deal with droughts, floods, and so forth. >> Category: Agriculture
  • ICT as a Support Tool of Extension for Agricultural and Rural Development    By: Arjun Verma

    Rural development encompasses the development of agriculture, socio-economic infrastructure and human resources in rural areas. For this development communication has to emerge as an important policy instrument integrating economic, social, education and cultural planning. The electronic mass communication has been considered as a potential tool for development of rural people. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) can be cost effectively and practically employed to facilitate information delivery and knowledge sharing among farmers, extension agents and other stakeholders >> Category: Agriculture
  • Alopecia in Dogs and its Management    By: Dr. Abhishek Kumar Singh

    Alopecia doesn't refer only to hair loss; it also includes coat defects from failure of hair to grow. It will decrease the value of the animal socially and economically. Its management and proper care can reduce the occurrence and bring smile on pet and owners face. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Dairy Farming: A Climate Smart Perspective    By: Pampi Paul

    In the present time it is a crucial issue of concern to sustain the farming in view of changing climate scenario. Dairy farming is a familial tradition in Indian agricultural activities; which is a chief source of GHGs. Climate smart dairy farming could helps to increase food production, help farmers to become more resilient to climate change and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Empowerment of Dairy Farmers through Mobile Advisory Services    By: Dr. H. R. Meena

    Dairy farmer needs timely agro-advisory service to do better farming and good returns from their enterprise. Farmers require immediate advice on disease and other issues to avoid damage to their livestock. However, gap between farmer and extension is increasing day by day because of various constraints and limitation in the system. In order to overcome the problem of geographical limitation, ICTs Implementation plays an important role in improving the wellbeing of the dairy farmers. Mobile based SMS provides the facility of sending text message could be used to perform two-way-communication between farmer and scientists. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) for Good Dairy Farming Practices (GDFP)    By: Dr. H. R. Meena

    Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) play an important role in improving dairy farmers' production systems. By fulfilling information need of the farmers, it is possible to increase the production, profitability with the responsibility of protecting human health, animal health, animal welfare and the environment. Dairy farmers, as the primary producers in the supply chain, should also be given the opportunity to add value to their product by adopting best methods of production that satisfy the demands of processors and customers. E-extension play an important role in facilitating information needs of the farmer-producer on good dairy farming practices. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Mobile Based SMS Services for Dairy Farmers    By: Dr. H. R. Meena

    Agro-advisory service providers need to develop specific, appropriate, and timely content and update of information as often as necessary. Creation of help lines to provide customized solutions and enable feedback from farmers also help in sustaining technology. The information delivery must be led by demand driven rather than supply driven. However, even when all that is done, it must be remembered that merely receiving messages over the phone does not motivate farmers to start using this information. The services have to be supplemented with demonstration of new technologies on farmers' own fields and through field trials. >> Category: Agriculture
  • Packaging Practices of Guinea Grass    By: Taramani Yadav

    Guinea was brought to India on Army Farms in 1793, and was grown along with old grasses. Distribution, climatic requirement, sowing method, different varieties in different Agro-ecological zones, water management, weed management, harvesting and yield. >> Category: Agriculture

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