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Professor of JU attends International Seed Conservation training at Nepal

Jammu, September 12, (Scoop News)-Dr. Yash Pal Sharma, Professor and Head, Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Jammu attended the four day Seed Conservation training course held on 5th to 8th September 2017 at the beautiful National Botanic Garden of Nepal.

The course was organized by the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), U.K, in association with the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE), Scotland and the National Botanical Garden, Department of Plant Resources (DPRs), Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal.

The training was supported by the Japanese Biodiversity Fund, Giving Indian perspective, Prof Yash, in his presentation highlighted the current plant conservation status in India, in general and the Himalayan State of Jammu and Kashmir, in particular. Prof. Sharma also presented an overview of the number and diversity of plant species, their systematic arrangement, herbarium and the museum collections, reproductive biology studies on some RET taxa, ex-situ conservation, seed collections, plant health and education and awareness programmes and other conservation activities being undertaken in the Botanical Garden of the University of Jammu, Jammu. Such seed conservation program would be of utmost importance in future seed collection and seed banking initiatives in the biodiversity rich State of Jammu and Kashmir, he informed.

The resource persons of the training program were Ms. Suzzane Sharrock, Chairperson, BGCI, U.K., Dr. Mark Watson from RBGE, Dr. Jie Cai from Kunming Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan, China and Katherine O’ Donnell, Seed Conservation Coordinator, BGCI, United Kingdom.

As a part of the Global Seed Conservation Challenge (GSCC), the BGCI aims to increase the contribution of botanic gardens towards the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) at a global, national, regional and local level to unite botanic gardens and other organizations committed to saving the world’s threatened plants. Therefore, this training course was specifically focused on Seed Conservation through seed banking. The current seed conservation status across the globe including planning, prioritization and seed collection and finally post-collection seed banking procedures, both theoretically and practically, were demonstrated in the training program. Besides, the local participants of DPRs, a representative each from India, China, Pakistan and Bhutan participated in the said training program.

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