Amity, known as a Cradle of Innovations, witnessed the release of two books--“Organic Amendments and Soil Suppressiveness in Plant Disease Management” and“Microbial-mediated Induced Systemic Resistance in Plants” by Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Group during “Science Technology& Innovation Meet” at University Campus, Sector-125, Noida.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. W Selvamurthy- President, Amity Science Technology Innovation Foundation briefed that Amity is a Research and Innovation driven University with all the requisite research infrastructure and enabling ecosystem in the form of favorable policies. He stressed that Amity has taken research to another level by translating the research into Technology Transfers at an exponential pace.
Addressing the gathering, Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Group shared that the Scientists and Researchers at Amity have been actively engaged in curiosity driven, fundamental research which ultimately benefits the humans.He shared that research leads to knowledge generation and it is very important for Universities to become the Institutions of knowledge creators rather than just knowledge disseminators. He shared that Amity has filed over 697 patents in last few years and the some of the breakthrough technologies developed have been successfully transferred to Industry for the welfare of humanity.
Talking about the Book- “Organic Amendments and Soil Suppressiveness in Plant Disease Management”, authored by Dr. Mukesh K. Meghvansi and Dr. Ajit Varma, Dr. Varma-Distinguished Scientist & Professor of Eminence, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology (AIMT) stressed that cropimprovement strategies have gradually been shifting and organic amendments contribute in enhancing soil suppressiveness against pathogens. He shared that the Book highlights the impact of suppressive soils on plant pathogens and agricultural productivity and how to enhance soil suppressiveness through the application ofcompost. Dr. Ajit Varma, so far, has authored 75 books including“Piriformospora Indica” and “Rootonic- the Magic Fungus”.
Sharing the excerpts from the book “Microbial-mediated Induced Systemic Resistancein Plants” authored by Dr. Devendra K Choudhary and Dr. Ajit Varma, Dr.Choudhary - AmityInstitute of Microbial Technology stressed that the Book focuses on food safety and highlights the importance of microbes in sustainable agriculture. He shared that Plants, sessile organisms that are considered as primary producers in the ecosystem and communicate with above-and below-ground communities (Microbes, insects, and other vertebrate and invertebrate animals) and are subjected to various kinds of abiotic and biotic stresses. Most plants employ plant-growth-promoting microorganisms (PGPMs) to combat and protect themselves from stresses and also for better growth. Dr. Choudhary highlighted that the book focuses on a range of aspects related to PGPMs such as their mode of action, priming of plant defence and plant growth in disease challenged crops, multifunctional bio-fertilizers, PGPM-mediated disease suppression, and the effect of PGPMs on secondary metabolites etc.
Also present during the occasion were Dr.Alexander P Hansen- Adjunct Professor, AIMT, Noida; Dr. H. P Singh- Chairman, Confederation of Horticulture Associations of India(CHAI) and alongwith Scientists and Researchers of Amity.