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NAHEP Sponsored Training Programme on Genomics Assisted Insect Pest Management.

Genomics Tools have redefined the contours of entomological research worldwide in recent years. The emerging problems of invasive pests, the resurgence of sucking pest complex in various field crops, xenobiotic resistance in crop pests to insecticides and bio-toxins, and vector transmission of plant pathogens could be better tackled by insect molecular biology. Insect molecular biological studies would offer strategic research support to resolve conflicts in the taxonomic identity of crop pests, for tackling xenobiotic resistance in transgenic crop systems, design molecular marker probes for detecting insecticide resistance in field storage pests, to assess the sensitivity of natural enemies to insecticides and to develop novel pest management strategies by deploying RNA interference technology.

As insects are the largest group of animals replete with genomics databases, molecular approaches coupled with bioinformatics analyses offer scope for gene mining the databases for identifying novel target sites for nextgeneration insecticides and rational pesticides. Many online portals and Genomic databases on insects like Fly Base, Insect Base etc., provide a comprehensive platform for researchers who have an interest in analyzing insect genomes. Unravelling such big data of genomic information of inputs require sophisticated bioinformatic analytics. Hence, capacity building of entomological students is required essentially to make them updated on insect genomics.

Objectives of the Training
➢ To provide hands-on training on tools and techniques used in insect genomics
➢ To inculcate bioinformatic skills to analyze genomic data
➢ To impart training on molecular analysis related to insect taxonomy, physiology and toxicology
➢ To develop human resource development and promote the use of genomic tools in crop protection.


Complete application form in the prescribed formatforwarded by chairperson should reach the Course Coordinator, Division of Entomology, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi on or before 5th October 2022. The application form can be downloaded from the IARI website or the NAHEP-CAAST website (

Filled-in applications, neatly typeset (not handwritten) with the approval of forwarding authority should be submitted on or before 5th October 2022. Selected candidates will be informed by mail by 15th October 2022.

M.Sc. and Ph.D. students (on roll) of ICAR-Deemed to be Universities/SAUs/CAUs/CUs/other UGC recognized Universities and Research Institutes are eligible to apply. A maximum of 25 participants will be selected for the training programme.

REGISTRATION FEES: No registration fee is to be paid; the programme is fully sponsored by NAHEPCAAST.

A traveling allowance will be provided by the organizers as per the norms. Selected trainees are entitled only to Sleeper/AC III-tier tickets.Students are expected to make their arrangements to reach the training venue at 9:30 am on all working days .

Food and accommodation will be provided for outside students. Tea and snacks will be served during the programme and expenditure will be met from the training budget.

DURATION: November 15 - 25, 2022
Last Date for application: 5th October 2022
Intimation of selection: 15th October 2022


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