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ID 202401 Enhancing Crop Resilience: Advances in Climate Smart Crop Production Technologies

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Aim and Scope of the Book

This book aims to comprehensively explore cutting-edge climate-smart technologies that contribute to the advancement of sustainable agriculture. Focusing on enhancing crop performance, the book aims to equip readers with in-depth knowledge and practical insights into the latest innovations, methodologies, and strategies for cultivating resilience in the face of a changing climate.

The scope of this book extends across a rich landscape of topics, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted world of climate-smart agriculture. Encompassing diverse cutting-edge technologies, the book delves into precision agriculture, digital farming, climate smart varieties, and innovative irrigation and crop management systems. Beyond technology, it explores resilience-building strategies, such as climate adaptive breeding and integrated pest management, offering practical insights for improving crop performance in dynamic environmental conditions.

The scope also embraces sustainable practices, including organic farming, agroforestry, and regenerative agriculture, underscoring the interconnectedness of environmental stewardship and resilient crop production. Through real-world case studies and interdisciplinary perspectives, the book navigates the complexities of sustainable agriculture, addressing the role of policies, frameworks, and successful implementation strategies. As a forward-looking resource, it explores emerging trends and future directions, encouraging readers to envision the evolving landscape of sustainable crop production in the context of a changing climate.

Chapter Outlines but not limited to:

  1. Climate-smart crop varieties for enhancing tolerance against biotic stresses
  2. Understanding the tolerance mechanisms of plants for coping abiotic stresses (Submergence, salinity, Drought and high temperature)
  3. Advances in Biofortification of Crops to Combat Malnutrition
  4. Precision agricultural practice for enhancing resilience and profitability in crop production
  5. Climate-smart resource management techniques for efficient input use efficiency
  6. Unleashing the Power of Resource Conservation Technologies in Climate Smart Agriculture
  7. Recent challenges in sequestering carbon and mitigating GHG emissions from agricultural systems to combat climate change
  8. Post-harvest technologies for enhancing the profitability of farming communities
  9. Biological control: a potential tool for pest management under changing climatic scenario
  10. Sustainable pest management using modern tools and techniques
  11. Exploring plant resistance as a durable pest management strategy under changing climate
  12. Transformative Roles of Information and Communication Technologies in Fostering Climate-Resilient Agriculture

Authors Details

Dr. Anjani Kumar

Dr. Anjani Kumar, an IIT Kharagpur alumnus, first time established relationship between soil water potential as measured by tensiometer and greenhouse gas emission (GHG) emission under rice ecology in Eastern India to estimate net global warming potential. Predictive models based on path modelling approach developed by him clarifies the effect of varying atmospheric CO2 levels on nitrous oxide emission from rice fields. For enhancing water productivity in rice cultivation under water limited condition, he has developed Customised Color Coded Tensiometer, NRRI- Aerobic Rice Moisture Sensor and Eco-friendly Irrigation Alert System. As a team member, he was actively engaged in developing customized leaf color chart for real time nitrogen management, climate smart resource conservation technologies, urea briquette applicator, a visual diagnostic kit for identification of nutrient disorders and mobile based apps like “riceXpert” and “CsaXpert” for better diagnosis of biotic and abiotic stress in rice.

He has been conferred with IPNI Award 2013 and Nanaji Deshmukh ICAR Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Team research in Agriculture and Allied Sciences 2020 for his work on eco-friendly integrated nutrient management technologies in rice-based cropping systems.

Dr. Rameswar Prasad Sah

Dr. Rameswar Prasad Sah is currently serving as a Senior Scientist in the Crop Improvement Division at the ICAR-National Rice Research Institute located in Cuttack, Odisha, India. With expertise in Molecular Plant Breeding, Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) and breeding for Low Starch quality. Dr. Sah holds a Ph.D. in Genetics and Plant Breeding. In his current role, he focuses on the development of direct-seeded rice varieties, low phytate lines, low glycemic index lines. Employing advanced molecular breeding methods such as Marker-Assisted Selection (MAS) and Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS), he endeavors to enhance seed quality traits in rice varieties. Before joining ICAR-NRRI, Dr. Sah worked as a Scientist at the ICAR-Indian Grasslands and Fodder Research Institute in Jhansi from 2011 to 2016. During this tenure, he dedicated his efforts to improving maize varieties for tolerance to drought and waterlogging through pre-breeding approaches. Dr. Sah has made significant contributions to scientific literature with more than 60 research papers, 5 review papers, 12 popular articles, and 10 book chapters to his credit. In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Dr. Sah has been honored with several awards, including the Best Teamwork Award from the TD team in 2016, the SASSA Best Ph.D. thesis award-2015, and RMSI Best Scientist Award-2016.

Dr. Basana Gowda, G.

Dr. Basana Gowda, G., has made significant contributions to the development of IPM strategies, particularly through the use of biological control and chemical control, and has exploited their interoperability to control insect pests of rice. Biological agents, such as parasitoids and predators, are frequently taken for granted, and processes fail as a result of the poor quality bioagents. Dr. Gowda has standardized three significant quality-assured biocontrol agents for lepidopteran insect pests viz., NRRI Trichocard (T.j), NRRI Trichocard (T.c), and NRRI Braconcard (B.h). The fast and consistent provision of high-quality bioagents to various stakeholders in more than 10 Indian states led to revenue for his institute of Rs. 9.00 lakhs. Biological agents like parasitoids and predators are often taken for granted, system fails because of their poor quality. Dr. Gowda demonstrated how the laboratory mass-rearing of parasitoids on a factitious host would influences their performance on natural hosts. In his efforts to create cost-effective production protocols for mass rearing biocontrol agents, Dr. Gowda has achieved a significant milestone by securing an Indian patent 9 for his innovative invention, the "Efficient Portable Insect Collector with Automated Counter" (Patent number: 480911), showing his commitment. Dr. Gowda’s contribution to the field of plant resistance to insect pests is also noteworthy.  He has phenotyped several rice accessions to the gall midge resistance and identified several resistant genotypes with their morphological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms known. He has also contributed to the development of the rice variety CR Dhan 410 (Mahamani).  Dr. Gowda has also contributed in the area of farmer intention studies, pesticide budgeting and other pest management strategies. He has Secured external research grant of nearly Rs. ~5.00 crores as principal investigator (PI) from different funding agencies. Developed a mobile application ‘RiceXpert’, three databases, deposited an insect strain in national repository, he is also DGCA certified remote pilot for flying drones. Authored >60 peer-reviewed publications (citations-880; h index-15; i10index-21), edited 2 books, 16 book chapters and several popular articles and technical bulletins. Total impact factor of publications: 155.84. He has received several awards. 

Dr. Joy Kumar Dey

Dr. Joy Kumar Dey is currently working as a Subject Matter Specialist (Agronomy) at Krishi Vigyan Kendra-Sepahijala, Latiacherra, Tripura under Central Agricultural University (Imphal), Manipur. He received his B.Sc. (Ag.) degree in 2014 from School of Agricultural Sciences, Medziphema, Nagaland under Nagaland University and M.Sc. (Agronomy) degree in 2016 from College of Post-Graduate Studies in Agricultural Sciences, Barapani, Megalaya under Central Agricultural University (Imphal), Manipur  and Ph. D (Agronomy) degree in 2021 from Institute of Agriculture, Sriniketan, West Bengal under Visva-Bharati University, West Bengal. He also qualified National Eligibility Test (ASRB, ICAR) during 2017. He is well known for his work on Cropping System, water and nutrient management. He has published many research papers, popular article and technical articles in many renowned national and international journals. He also has experienced of handling many research projects funded various government organizations. 

Dr. Ashim Debnath

Dr. Ashim Debnath currently holds the position of Assistant Professor and Head of Department (acting) in the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding within the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Rajiv Gandhi University (A Central University). Previously, he served as an Assistant Professor in Genetics and Plant Breeding at the School of Agricultural Sciences, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab. Additionally, he contributed as a Guest Faculty at both Acharya Narendra Deva University of Agriculture and Technology in Kumarganj, Ayodhya, U.P, and Nagaland University in the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, School of Agricultural Sciences. His academic journey includes the completion of M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Genetics and Plant Breeding from the College of Post Graduate Studies in Agricultural Sciences, Central Agricultural University, Meghalaya. Furthermore, he holds qualification in ICAR-NET in Genetics and Plant Breeding. His M.Sc. research focused on Genetic Analysis of Yield Contributing Traits in Lowland Rice Genotypes and NILs under Acidic Soil, while his doctoral research delved into Genetic analysis of leaf and neck blast resistance in rice. Dr. Debnath has been actively involved in Teaching, Research, and Extension activities. His scholarly contributions include 20 research papers, 15 research abstracts and 7 book chapters. He is also a life member of 5 professional societies and serves as a reviewer for 3 internationally and nationally reputed journals. In recognition of his significant contributions, Dr. Debnath was honored with the Young Fellow Award-2023 for his outstanding work in the field of Genetics and Plant Breeding. His research interests span across hydroponics screening, molecular breeding and screening for aluminium and iron toxicity.

Dr. Bimal Das

Dr. Bimal Das currently working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya. He has completed his M.Sc. and PhD studies in Plant Breeding at the Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal. Also qualified National Eligibility Test (ASRB, ICAR) in Genetics and Plant Breeding. Dr. B. Das has been actively involved in Teaching, Research and Extension activities. He has published 30 research papers, 25 research abstracts and 5 book chapters. He also acts as a reviewer for five internationally renowned journals and is a life member of five professional societies. His areas of research included breeding, nanotechnology and abiotic stresses. Additionally, he has handled external funding projects related to DST&BT, ICARDA and RKVY. 


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