SOCIETY FOR PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
SOCIETY FOR PLANT BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

Activities

Conferences/Seminars/Symposia

Society has been to organize Symposia/Seminars on topics of current National interest. Since its inception, the Society has organized the following National Symposia/Seminars and International Conference:

Upcoming

National Conference on ‘Current Trends and Challenges in Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology’during 20-21 November, 2020 at Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, Goa

Past Events:

  1. The first National Symposium on the “Role of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology in Improving Crop Productivity” at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi from November 18-19, 1991.
  2. The second National Symposium on the “Developments in Plant Molecular Biology & Genetic Engineering” at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore from December 29-31, 1993.
  3. The third National Symposium on the “Role of Plant Biotechnology in Improving Agriculture challenges and opportunities, and Physiological & Biochemical Basis of Crop Yield” at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur from March 23-25, 1995. This Symposium was co-sponsored by the Society for Plant Physiology & Biochemistry.
  4. The fourth National Symposium on “Current Trends in Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology” was organized at CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar from February 23-25, 1996.
  5. The fifth National Symposium on the “Role of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology in Improving Crop Productivity” was organized at ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Barapani, Meghalaya from March 18-20, 1997.
  6. The sixth National Symposium on the “Role of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology in Improving Crop Productivity” was held at University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore from March 4-6, 1999.
  7. The seventh National Symposium on “Biotechnology for Sustainability in Agriculture” was held at GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar from April 27-29, 2000.
  8. The eighth National Symposium on the “Relevance of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology-Modern Trends” was held at The American College, Madurai (TN) from March 1-3, 2001.
  9. The ninth National Symposium on the “New Opportunities and Challenges for Improving Crop Productivity through Biotechnology” was organized at the Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar from February 13-15, 2002.
  10. ICAR sponsored Workshop on “Harnessing the Benefits of Biotechnology” was organized in collaboration with the NRC on Plant Biotechnology, Pusa Campus from March 27-29, 2008.
  11. The first “International Conference on Plant Biotechnology for Food Security : New Frontiers” was organized by the Society and the National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, in association with the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi from Feb 21-24,2012.
  12. The tenth National Conference on “Science of Omics for Agricultural Productivity: Future Perspectives” was organized at GBPUAT during 4-6 March, 2014.
  13. The eleventh National Symposium on ‘Germplasm to Genes: Harnessing Biotechnology for Food Security and Healthwas organized by the Society and the National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology during 09-11 August, 2015
  14. The twelfth National Symposium on ‘Transgenic Crops in India: Progress and Challenges’ was jointly organised at CCSHAU Hisar during 16-17 March, 2016
  15. The thirteenth National Symposium on Connecting Innovations in Plant Biology for Food and Nutritional Security at WTC, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi on 19.11.2018
  16. Workshop on Proteomics and metabolomics: application in agriculture for enhancing productivity and processability at Division of Biochemistry, ICAR-IARI, Pusa Campus, New Delhi on 19.08.2019
  17. The fourteenth National Conference on ‘Integrative Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology’ at ICAR- Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad during 08-09 November, 2019
  18. Workshop on: Genome Editing for Enhancing Plant Productivity and Stress Tolerance’ on 10-12 November, 2019 at ICAR-IIRR, Hyderabad
  19. Two days workshop for School students (XI-XII Class) on Transgenic Crops: Technology and Application’ during 20-21 January, 2020 at ICAR-NIPB, New Delhi

DR. N. B. DAS MEMORIAL LECTURE

Society initiated ‘Dr. N. B. Das Memorial Lecture’ in 1993 in the memory of renowned Biochemist late Prof. N. B. Das. (First Head of the Division of Biochemistry, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi).

Dr. N. B. Das (Nalin Bandhu Das) was born on June 1, 1908 in a family of jurists, educationists and physicians of Chittagong (now in Bangladesh). He graduated in Honours in Chemistry from the Calcutta University. He then joined Bose Institute as researcher and later on served the Bengal Chemical and Pharmaceutical Works for a short term. In 1930s, on being awarded ‘The Lady Tata Memorial Scholarship’, he proceeded to Germany for higher studies. He was awarded the Doctorate degree for his fundamental research on the biochemistry of enzymes. His Ph.D. research has been quite frequently cited in the text books on enzymology.
He had the privilege of working with two Nobel Laureates. Initially he was with Prof. Hans von Euler at the Biochemical Institute, University of Stockholm, Sweden. Here he worked extensively on the purification and characterization of enzymes involved in amino acid metabolism in animal system, especially with respect to cofactors/coenzymes, and on the role of ATP in the conversion of DPN to TPN. Later on, as ‘The Lady Tata Memorial Scholar’, he moved to the Institute of Medical Chemistry, University of Szeged, Hungary to work with Nobel Laureate Prof. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, to whom he considered his Guru. He carried out extensive studies on the inhibition of the succinic and lactic-malic dehydrogenases. His research work is widely cited in research papers and books.

After working for nearly 12 years in renowned laboratories abroad, Dr. Das returned back to India on the call given by Prof. P. C. Mahalanobis, the father of modern statistics in India. Patriotic feeling brought Dr Das home to use science and technology for the welfare of people. On his return, he joined the mother campus of Indian Veterinary Research Institute (then Imperial Institute of Veterinary Research) at Mukteswar to work on cattle vaccines and sera. Subsequently, in the year 1949, he joined the Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at IARI as the first Biochemist where he established a Biochemistry Laboratory. This was the beginning of introducing and emphasizing the role of biochemistry in agriculture, especially with respect to the quality of food crops. Dr. Das was the first to study the nutritive quality of crops as influenced by variety, manures and fertilizers. From these studies, the first major recommendation that foliar application of urea and micro-nutrient elements enhances crop yield, was made in early 1950s.

           Recognizing the importance of Agricultural Biochemistry in improving agriculture, a small Biochemistry Section in the Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry was transformed into the full-fledged Division of Biochemistry in November 1966, and its founding father Dr. N.B. Das was made the first Head of the Division. Biochemical research and education was tailored to meet the new challenges of Indian agriculture. New Post-Graduate courses were designed to impart skills in new technology that aimed at studying intermediary metabolism, molecular biology, enzymology and nutrition. The first batch of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students was admitted in the academic year 1967-68.

In the formative years, the major emphasis was given on the biochemical and biological evaluation of nutritional value of newly developed strains and varieties of food grains, effect of plant nutrients on nutritional value as well as yield of food grains, biochemical studies in nitrogen fixing bacteria, and utilization of agro-industrial wastes for the production of lysine as well as enzymes like cellulase and amylase. Under his leadership one of the finest facilities for doing outstanding research in plant biochemistry was built. The technique of PAGE was introduced for the characterization of soluble proteins and iso-enzymes. Dr. Das guided a number of M.Sc. and Ph.D. students from India and neighboring countries, who later went on to hold various responsible positions within and outside India. After his superannuation in the year 1970, in recognition of his valuable contributions in the field of biochemistry and his distinct position as a biochemist in the country, he was made Emeritus Scientist by the ICAR.

Dr. N.B. Das was not only a renowned and most respected biochemist, but also an unassuming, quiet and noble gentleman, and his smiling face was characteristic of him. He personified what is best in Indian culture. His commitment to excellence in science was total. This great scientist left for his heavenly abode on 17th November, 1971. The Society of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology decided to organize ‘Dr. N.B. Das Memorial Lecture’ to perpetuate his memory.

“Application of Modern Technologies in Agriculture”

Speaker : Dr. G. Padmanaban
                  President, The National Academy of Sciences, India
Date      : 08.11.2019

Venue   : ICAR-IIRR, Hyderabad, India

 

Past Speakers

First Lecture was delivered by Prof. M. S. Naik
Second Lecture was delivered by Dr. P.V. Sane
Third Lecture was delivered by Dr. H.K. Das

 

ANNUAL ACTIVITIES

WORKSHOP

LECTURE SERIES

SPBB-SPRINGER AWARDS (2019)

Workshop on ‘Proteomics and metabolomics: application in agriculture for enhancing productivity and processability’ was organised at Division of Biochemistry, ICAR-IARI, Pusa Campus, New Delhi on 19.08.2019.

     Proceedings

 

Workshop on ‘Gene Editing for Enhancing Plant Productivity and Stress Tolerance’ was organised from 10-12 November, 2019 at ICAR-IIRR, Hyderabad

 

     Proceedings

 

 

Workshop on ‘Transgenic Crop: Technology and Application’ was organized by ICAR-NIPB New Delhi from 20-21 January, 2020

     Proceedings

        ICT

            Speaker  : Dr. Dharmendra Saraswat, Purdue University, USA

            Title        : Use of ICT in Food, Energy and Water Systems (FEWS)

            Dated     : 09th October, 2018

 

 

 

        Functional Foods

            Speaker  : Dr. Nancy Ames, Agriculture &  Agri-Food, Canada

            Title        : Processing for Health: Strategies for developing cereal and pulse derived functional foods

            Dated     : 14th February, 2019

 

         Bio-Actives

               Speaker  : Dr. Sijo Joseph, Thandapilly, Agriculture &  Agri-Food, Canada

               Title        : Metabolic effects of cereal derived bio-actives

               Dated     : 14th February, 2019

 

 

           Successful Job Search

                Speaker  : Prof. Hanu R. Pappu, Washington State University, USA

                Title        :  Do’s and Don’ts in Successful Job Search

                Dated     : 20th January, 2020

SPBB-Springer Award -2019

Organising Committee of the Conference constituted SPBB-Springer Awards (2019) with Springer Nature India Pvt. Ltd. in different categories during the National Conference-2019 

 

Excellence Award 2019 was conferred to Dr. Shanti Lal Mehta, Former DDG (Education), ICAR for his exemplary contributions in the field of ‘Education’

 

 

 

 

Excellence Award 2019 was conferred to Mr. Suresh Agrawal, Chairman, Beej Sheetal India Pvt. Ltd. for his exemplary contributions in the field of ‘Science Adoption and Popularisation’

 

 

 

SPBB-SPRINGER Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Plant Biology (2019)


Dr. Ashish Marathe
Title of the Presentation : Perturbing the phytic dynamics RNAi triggered seed specificsilencing of ITPK2 for low phytes soybean-a step towards nutritional security
Theme Area : Nutritional Biochemistry and Biofortification
Designation : Scientist
Present Affiliation : ICAR- National Institute of Biotic Stress Management, Raipur

 

Dr. Vishnu Prasanth Vinukonda
Title of the Presentation: Identification of high temperature tolerant rice lines and associated genomic regions
Theme Area : Molecular Breeding and Genomics
Designation : DBT-Research Associate
Present Affiliation :International Rice Research Institute-South Asia Hub (IRRI-SAH)

 

 

Dr. Vikas Devkar
Title of the Presentation : Multidimensional regulatory function of tomato SITAFI (NAC transcription factor) in response to salinity stress
Theme Area : Genetic Engineering and Genome Editing
Designation :Assistant Professor
Present Affiliation :ASC College, Indapur, affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. Indapur, Pune. 413106

 

 

 

Dr. Achala Bakshi
Title of the Presentation : Exploring Target of Rapamycin gene for growth and yield improvement under abiotic stress conditions in rice
Theme Area : Genetic Engineering and Genome Editing
Designation : DBT-Research Associate
Present Affiliation : Department of Plant Biotechnology, ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Hyderabad, Rajendranagar

 

 

 

Dr. Rahul Kumar
Title of the Presentation : Identification and functional elucidation of ripening – associated genes in tomato
Theme Area : Genetic Engineering and Genome Editing
Designation : Assistant Professor
Present Affiliation : Plant Translational Research Laboratory, Room-S48, Department of Plant Sciences, School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 500046, Telangana, India