ABF Hyderabad Training Course on Introduction to Molecular Entomology | During 19 to 24th August 2019

Agri Biotech Foundation
PJTS Agricultural University Campus
Rajendranagar, Hyderabad 500030 TS

Introduction to Molecular Entomology

During 19 to 24th August 2019

Agri    Biotech    Foundation    (ABF)    is    a    premier non-governmental interdisciplinary research institute recognized by the Department of Science and Industrial Research, Government of India. ABF works closely with India's leading research  organizations  like  Indian  Council  of Agricultural    Research    (ICAR),    Council of    Scientific and    Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and others. ABF focuses on development of agri biotechnologies and transfer of technology and HRD activities.

ABF is organizing a six day hands-on training course on Introduction to Molecular Entomology that intends to address the needs of post-graduates, doctoral students and faculty in colleges and Universities who would like to employ molecular biology and biotechnology tools to address their research and teaching assignments, especially in the area of Entomology. This course is aimed at those who have had minimal exposure to basic biotechnology and molecular techniques but have several challenging tasks on hand that could be conveniently addressed using these tools.

Primary focus of the course would be on hands-on exposure to techniques such as DNA extraction from insects, development and use of different molecular markers in taxonomy, diagnostics, population diversity, virulence/resistance monitoring studies and other related areas. Participants will also be exposed to use of biotechnological tools in areas of plant-insect-microbe interactions, development of insect-resistant transgenic crops, genome editing for pest management. This course hopes to blend theory with practical knowledge of useful molecular techniques that would prove useful to address several contemporary problems in agriculture related to insect pests.

The course is being organized in technical collaboration with

Dr. Suresh Nair
Group Leader
Plant Insect Interaction Group
International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
Aruna Asaf Ali Marg
New Delhi 110067

Details of the course (Tentative)
T1 Introduction to the course - JSB
P1 DNA extraction from insect material – 1 NS
P2 DNA extraction from insect material – 2 NS
Day 2
T2 Molecular markers and their utility - DD
P3 Introduction to PCR -1 NS
P4 Introduction to PCR – 2 NS
Day 3
T3 – Insect-plant-microbe interactions – JSB
P5 – Genomic SSR markers to distinguish BPH and WBPH-DD
P6 -  Mitogenome based markers to distinguish Atherigona species-Guest Faculty
Day 4
T4 – RNAi and genome editing for pest management –Guest Faculty
P7 – MYM virus detection in plants and insect vectors- KY
P8 -  dsRNA assay with BPH and LF:VBP
Day 5
T5 -    Mitogenome and metagenome of Insects – DD
P9 -    Mitogenome and metagenome based markers : NS
P10 – Cadherin gene based markers for Bt resistance – NS
Day 6
T6 –   Plant transformation for insect resistance - GM
P11 -  Insect resistance gene detection-TA
P12 -  Bioinformatics: GMN
Valedictory function and certificate distribution

Additional talks and practical by guest faculty may be added
T – Talk;  P - Practical

Course fee

For each participant course fee will be Rs.10,000/- (for sponsored) or Rs.6,000/- (for non-sponsored). This fee covers course material, lab consumables and working lunch. This does not cover lodging, boarding and other charges. Course fee is payable in advance, after confirmation of participation, in form of DD payable to the Executive Director, Agri Biotech Foundation, payable at Hyderabad 30. The course fee can also be paid online through internet banking with following RTGS/NEFT details.

Bank Name
Andhra Bank
Rajendranagar, ARI campus Hyderabad
Agri Biotech Foundation
Account Number

Accommodation and Boarding

Accommodation may be arranged upon request either at any one of the ICAR guest houses (about Rs.300/- per day per person) or in farmers hostel (Rs.100/- per day per person).  Boarding charges will depend upon the guesthouse. Outstation lady participants are advised to stay in ICAR guesthouse.

Dates of arrival and departure
We advise participants to arrive on 18th August and depart on 25th August 2019.

1.   Dr. J. S. Bentur (JSB) – Course Advisor, Principal Scientist- Entomology (Retd.), Professor ABF
2.   Dr. D. Divya (DD) – Course Coordinator, Assistant Professor, ABF
3.   Dr. Suresh Nair (SN)– Technical Advisor, Group Leader, Plant Insect Interaction Group, ICGEB New Delhi
4.   Dr. G. Mallikarjuna (GM) – Assistant Professor, ABF
5.   Mr. Nihar Sahu (NS)  – Senior Research Fellow
6.     Ms. V. Bindu Pratyusha (VBP) – Project Fellow
7.     Ms. K. Yamini (KY)– Project Fellow
8.     Ms. T. Aswini (TA) – Senior Research Fellow
9.     Mr. G. Mahendranath (GMN)-Research Associate, DBT, ABF

Number of Seats and Eligibility
In all 12 seats will be available, to be filled on first come first serve basis.
However, preference will be given for M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree holders in Entomology or Agricultural Entomology or any branch of life science with specific project related to insects.  Submit your application (proforma given here under) along with a brief writeup (250 words) on your current research interests and objectives.  Participants are encouraged to bring insects (different populations if possible) of their interest preserved in 100% alcohol for working on their material and develop project proposals, if desired.

Last date to submit your Application: 31 July 2019.  Confirmation of your participation will be communicated by 3rd August 2019.  Course fee may be paid after confirmation.

For more information

You may contact Course Advisor (Dr.J.S.Bentur jbentur@yahoo.com, 09391379573) or Course coordinator (Dr. D. Divya, divi41@gmail.com, 7989605785) or Executive Director ABF (Prof. G. Pakki Reddy, agribiotechfoundation@gmail.com, 040-29803417) for further details.

Executive Director

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