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         The All India Co-ordinated Rice Pathology Programme of the Directorate of Rice Research provides an effective linkage for collaboration among state agricultural universities, national institutes, and departments of agriculture, agrochemical industry and others. The objectives of the programme are:

  • To accelerate genetic improvement of rice for resistance against major diseases occurring   in different ecosystems in the country.

  • To provide a testing mechanism to assess the advanced breeding lines over a wide      range   of climatic, cultural, soil and disease epidemic conditions.

  •  To identify broad spectrum of resistance to major rice diseases.

  •  To monitor and evaluate the genetic variation of rice pathogens.

  •  To monitor the prevalence of diseases in the country.

  •  To develop need based disease management methods.

  •  To identify production constraints in different ecosystems.

To achieve these objectives, under coordinated plant pathology programme every year more than 15 trials are conducted at 53 locations (including both funded and voluntary centers) on host plant resistance, field monitoring virulence of blast and BLB, disease observation nurseries and disease management methods.

Production Oriented Survey (POS): In addition to the Plant Pathology coordinated trials, the concerned plant pathologists from most of the centers will take the lead to conduct production oriented survey in every year. Production oriented survey (POS) provides the information on different aspects of rice cultivation and farmers practices during cropping seasons. In the last decade almost 23 AICRIP centers in 17 states were involved in collecting such information and the states included viz Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattishgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Puducherry, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The survey team also included the scientists of Directorate of Rice Research and its cooperating centers located in different states belonging to different State Agricultural Universities and staff from department of Agriculture


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