4th National Conference on Plant Growth - Promoting Rhizobacteria for Sustainability of Agriculture and Environment | May 11 & 12, 2018

4th National Conference on Plant Growth - Promoting Rhizobacteria for Sustainability of Agriculture and Environment 

May 11 & 12, 2018

Organized by 
Dept. of Biotechnology and 
Indian Chapter of Asian PGPR Society 
Society for Sustainable Agriculture

About the Conference

It is our great pleasure to announce the National Conference on “PGPR For Sustainability of Agriculture and Environment” to be held in Aizawl, Mizoram on May 11 & May 12, 2018 organized by Department of Biotechnology, Mizoram University is association with India Chapter of Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture and Asian PGPR society. This conference is organized in partnership with Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture that was aimed to gathered scientists, researchers, academicians, government groups, students, farmers, and industry personnel etc. from various agricultural disciplines and discuss their common interests in teaching, research and commercialization of PGPR’s in India.

PGPR’s are Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria defined as root-colonizing bacteria that exert beneficial traits on plant growth and development. Root colonization comprises the ability of PGPR to establish on or in the root or rhizosphere to multiply, survive and colonize along the growing root in the presence of the indigenous microflora. PGPR are considered as effective plant growth promoters in various crops. In addition to plant growth promotion, PGPR are also used for controlling several plant pathogens, enhancement of nutrient up-take and in rhizomediation. PGPR colonize plant roots and exert beneficial effects on plant growth and development by a wide variety of mechanisms. To be an effective PGPR, bacteria must be able to colonize roots because bacteria need to establish itself in the rhizosphere at population densities sufficient to produce the beneficial effects.

In the context of increasing international concern for food and environmental quality, the use of PGPR for reducing chemical inputs in agriculture is a potentially important issue. PGPR have gained world-wide importance and acceptance for sustainable agricultural benefits. PGPR’s are the potential tools for future of sustainable agriculture. The application and commercialization of PGPR for sustainable agriculture is a growing and demanding market world-wide.

We hope that the conference will enable you to share your knowledge with an international research community and to connect in discussion about the current issues in the field of PGPR. Our organizing committee aims to keep the level of the presentations as high as possible so that it can stimulate discussion on all the aspects of our technical themes which can be developed into a positive intellectual experience for all the participants. Moreover, this Conference would be a good platform for the interaction among the delegates who came from different parts of India to show their novel scientific discoveries. The conference will comprise plenary lectures, invited lectures and contributed presentations (Oral/Posters).

Conference Themes 

1. PGPR & other microbial strains (Rhizobium, fungi, nematodes, actinobacteria etc.) and their use in sustainable agriculture and environment. 
2. PGPR as biopesticides, biofertilizers, bioherbicides, bioinsectides, and bionematicides. 
3. Integrating genomics, Transcriptomics and metabolomics to assess the intrinsic potential of PGPR for biocontrol. 
4. PGPR in the management of biotic & abiotic factors modulating for the production of biocontrol metabolites. 
5. Mechanisms of PGPR and their molecular communication. 
6. Crop Improvement: Conventional to Molecular approaches using Microbes. 
7. Development of formulations, delivery and packaging for sustainable agriculture 
8. Endophytes: Discover new metabolites and mechanisms involved in PGPRmediated plant protection. 
9. Scope for collaborations, exchange of memorandum of understanding (MOU), training and seeking funding agencies. 
10. Commercial success stories of PGPR, transfer of technology & regulatory issues – industry and farmers perspective. 

Awards for Best Presentation

1) Best oral presentation awards 
2) Best poster presentation awards 

Conference proceedings All selected research papers presented by eminent scientists after peer review will be published in the UGC approved Journal of Microbiology and Biomedical Research (ISSN: 2395-5678), a peer review quaternary published open access journal dedicated to publishing original Research Article/Review Article/Short Communication/Case Studies/Letters in different branches of Microbiology and Biomedical research. Correspondence relating to subscription and business matters concerning the Journal should be addressed to the 

Dr. Bhim Pratap Singh, Chief Editor, 
Journal of Microbiology and Biomedical Research, 
Mizoram University, 
Mizoram-796004, India. 

Email: editor@microbiozjournals.com or support@microbiozindia.com or microbiozindia@gmail.com or bhimpratap@gmail.com

Last date of registration and abstract submission is extended to 20th April, 2018.

Contact Members

Dr. Bhim Pratap Singh, Dept. of Biotechnology, Mizoram University, 9436353807; 8794343946

Dr. Dr. Riyaz. Z. Sayyed, President, India Chapter, Asian PGPR Society, P.S.G.V.P.M’s A.S.C. College Shahada, (MS), 9673578286; 7841048078
Dr. Ajit Kumar Passari, Dept. of Biotechnology, Mizoram University, 9401905151; 8794343946

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