The Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS) is a professional forum for promoting the cause of Phytopathology. It is the third largest society of plant pathologists in the world. The Society was established in February 28, 1947 at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi by Dr. B.B. Mundkur, an eminent Plant Pathologist. The Society is an international scientific organization devoted to the study of plant diseases and their control. The Society provides information on the latest developments and research advances in plant health science through its journals and participates in the exchange of plant health information with public policy makers, and the larger scientific community; and provides opportunities for scientific communication, collaboration, and professional development.
Indian agriculture registered a phenomenal growth in the recent past mainly due to the development of varieties resistant to pathogen and adoption of the latest plant protection measures. A lot more needs to be done to sustain the momentum gained. In this context, the contribution of the Society in bringing to focus the area of research on diverse aspects of plant-pathogen is invaluable. Advanced techniques for rapid, reliable, and specific detection and characterization of the pathogen is promoted. Identification of resistance genes and their source, development of molecular markers for resistance, environmental health by promoting bio-control agents, and growth-promoting bacteria and transgenic resistance, as well as host-pathogen interaction, are some of the issues, IPS through its various activities trying to crystallize the concepts and its implications in future. In the new millennium, IPS will co-ordinate and will provide impetus to the amalgamation of molecular plant pathology and the practical plant pathology to mitigate the disease losses. It is expected that in the foreseeable future, a knowledge-based economy will provide the platform to sustain a rapid rate of economic growth to achieve the objectives. IPS shall remain committed to its core competencies within chemical, biochemical and biotechnological crop disease management to coexist in the future.
|Publisher: Indian Phytopathological Society (2011)|