Development of Biosensors for Agricultural Applications
To collaborate in the sphere of biosensor development for agriculture applications, Alagappa University has sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore.
According to release from Alagappa University said, “As per the MoU, the departments of Bioelectronics and Biosensors and Industrial Chemistry of Alagappa University and the Department of Nano-Science and Technology of TNAU, will jointly work in the areas of research and product development.”
Tt said that, Agriculture was taking a paradigm shift from traditional farming to precision agriculture and it was time to initiate efforts in order to minimize the response time for farmers to act and save the crop from pests, diseases and nutrient deficiencies, to develop simple electronic devices for the determination of status of plants.
The MoU would enable the scientists to evolve handy gadgets for assessing soil moisture and fertility status, pesticide residues in soil and produce, seed quality assessment and water quality tests. These factors determined the quality of agricultural and horticultural produces, said Prof. S. Subbiah, Vice-Chancellor of Alagappa University.
Efforts were being taken to bring a set of young scientists to accomplish the task of Biosensor development for agricultural applications and was the need of the hour for the farmers, said K. Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor of TNAU.
The research teams involved in the collaborative research and development would work together in the areas of teaching, research and product development in the field of Biosensors and Bioelectronics
Prof C. Sekar, Head of the department, Bioelectronics and Biosensors, Prof P.Manisankar, Head of the department, Industrial Chemistry, Alagappa University and K.S. Subramanian, G.J. Janavi, Department of Nano-science and Technology, TNAU are included in the research teams involved in the collaborative research and development.