‘National Workshop on Recent Trends in Plant Ecophysiology’ inaugurated

JAMMU, FEB 27: Prof R D Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu, Jammu inaugurated DST-PURSE-II sponsored ‘National Workshop on Recent Trends in Plant Ecophysiology’ organized by the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, here today.
Vice-Chancellor complimented the Department for organizing this important hands on training workshop which will sharpen the teaching and research skills of faculty of Colleges and Universities within and outside the state.
On the occasion, Prof. Geeta Sumbali, Dean, Life Sciences threw light on the aims and objectives of the workshop referring to the earlier successful conduct of similar workshops on Bryophytes and Plant Reproductive Biology. She informed that the present workshop on Recent Trends in Ecophysiology is third in the series. The event would serve to update the skill based knowledge in the area of ecology and physiology in view of the global trends in climate change.
The key note lecture was delivered by Prof. Renu Bhardwaj, eminent Plant Physiologist of the country from Department of Botanical & Environmental Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. The lecture highlighted the importance of Photosynthesis and its measurements in plants in context of global climate change. During her interaction with the participants Prof. Bhardwaj made a field demonstration of Infra Red Gas Analyzer (IRGA) for the assessment of photosynthetic rate in plants growing both under normal and stressed conditions.
Earlier, Prof. Namrata Sharma, Head, Department of Botany, University of Jammu welcomed the participants and thanked the Vice-Chancellor and Dean Research Studies, Prof. Jigar Mohammad for gracing the occasion. Technical sessions were convened by Prof. Yash Pal Sharma, Department of Botany, JU. The occasion was also graced by retired faculty members of the Department of Botany, Prof. A.K Koul, Prof. M.C. Sharma, Prof. V.K. Anand, Prof. I.A. Hamal, Prof A.K. Wakhlu and Prof. Anima Langer. The proceedings of the inaugural function were conducted by Dr. Geeta, while vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Harish Chander of the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Jammu.