Insects are endowed with hard exoskeleton, rich biochemical and molecular machineries to challenge biotic and abiotic stresses. In addition, short life cycle coupled with enormous reproductive potential and presence of wings make the insects the most dominant animal on the earth. Recent advances in molecular biology, integrated with genetics, biochemistry and introduction of powerful tools such as PCR, automated sequencing and bioinformatics have contributed towards unravelling various mechanisms which make insects ubiquitous, and thus change the landscape of insect science. As a result, a wealth of information and knowledge on the biology, physiology and biochemistry of insects including that of agriculturally important ones have been accumulated.
This symposium is being organized to exchange ideas amongst the researchers in some of the important areas listed under the thematic areas.
The Assam Agricultural University (AAU) located in Jorhat, Assam is the leading state agricultural university in the country, begging the “Sardar Patel Outstanding Institution Award” from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 2014. Its contributions in the field of teaching, research and extension have been recognized nationwide. Being the oldest state agricultural university in the North-eastern region, since its inception in 1969, this institution has contributed enormously towards the generation of quality human resources, advanced technologies for the stake holders in general but for the farming community in particular of the region. AAU in collaboration with the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India has established a centre for harnessing gene resources of the region.
The Department of Entomology at AAU is the epicentre of teaching, research and extension of agricultural insect science and also devotes to work on veterinary and medically important insects so as to evolve management strategies. It also attempts to exploit the biodiversity from this mega-diversity zone for nation building.read more
Address for Correspondence
Dr. Lakshmi Kanta Hazarika
Department of Entomology
Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat-785013, Assam, India