Science TALK of internationally acclaimed root biologist Prof. Jonathan Paul Lynch, University Distinguished Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, USA was organized online on ZOOM by IISER, Mohali and Department of Botany, University of Jammu in collaboration with Asia Association of Plant Scientists (AAPS). Prof. Lynch, pioneer in the field of root phenotyping and root biology in the world, delivered a talk on "Roots of the Second Green Revolution: Phenes, Phenotypes, and Phenotyping
for 21 st Century crops”. Prof. Lynch presented an excellent talk and showcased cutting edge technologies developed in his roots lab at Penn State University, USA. He emphasized the importance of root phene, phenotypes and root traits for developing crops of the 21 st Century in the era of Climate Change.
On the occasion, Prof. Manoj K. Dhar,Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu appreciated the presentation of Prof. Lynch for
motivating the audience with state of the art technologies developed by his lab for understanding crop roots and their role in molecular breeding. Prof. Dhar motivated the audience and expressed his satisfaction for the activities conducted by AAPS in collaboration with Jammu University. Proceedings of the Science
TALK were conducted by Dr. Santosh B. Satbhai from IISER, Mohali along with Prof. Shimon Rachmilevitch, Israel.
Following the talk, celebration of AAPS association with Russian Society of Plant Physiologists and Israeli Society of Plant Sciences was organized by Prof. Sanjana Koul, School of Biotechnology. Prof. Dmitry A. Los, President Russian Society and Prof. Shimon Rachmilevitch, President Israeli Society addressed the audience and discussed several points of collaboration with AAPS. Prof. Eviatar Nevo, President AAPS thanked Prof. Lynch for his excellent presentation and welcomed societies collaborating
with AAPS. Event ended with thanks to all the participants.
A brief background of the AAPS was presented by Dr. Sikander PAL, Botany Department, JU. AAPS, being a non-profit international Asia Association of Plant Scientists, has started a series of Science TALKs with objectives of promoting research and education in Asian Countries. About 17 countries viz. India, Russia,
Israel, Turkey, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, China, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Bhutan, Bangladesh, UAE etc. were represented in the event by more than 130 participants, largely including faculty, scientists and researchers. From University of Jammu, Prof. Namrata Sharma, Prof. Veenu Kaul, Prof. Sanjana Kaul,
Dr. Harish, Dr. Skarma and Dr. Geeta participated in the event.