Dr. Naveen Arora - Wild Life Conservation
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    Bio-pesticides to enrich the soil and enhance crop productivity
    Abhinav Malhotra, TNN, Jan 8, 2010, 10.43pm IST

    KANPUR: Efforts of the budding scientists and researchers of India, in the field of `microbiology' are set to help in serving the mankind in near future. The formulation of bio-pesticides, which is in the form of a microbial product, has been developed by a senior scientist at the Chatrapati Sahu Ji Maharaj (CSJM) university. This formulation, when put in the field, would not only enrich the soil but also enhance the crop productivity.

    Reader and head of the Institute of Bio-Sciences and Bio Technology CSJM University Naveen Arora, who has been working on the formulation of the bio-pesticides since the past four years, has claimed that his work has yielded successful results. Presently, the research is in its advanced stage and requires implementation on ground, after first round of successful trials will soon be patented.

    It is to be mentioned that pesticides sprayed on the crops, makes it poisonous for human and animal consumption. Once such crops are consumed, there are high chances for human beings falling prey to diseases like cancer, early aging, nervous disorders, liver and kidney failure and others. They also ruin the soil content and quality. All the factors led to the need for biological alternatives and serious efforts in this direction are going on.

    Arora while talking to TOI said: "The existing bio-products (pesticides) used widely in world are not very successful as they do not behave uniformly everywhere due to the differences in the soil and environmental conditions. We are using a bio-formulation which is in the form of a microbial product." Explaining about the new microbial product, he said it will work on any type of soil in the world and that too at diverse climatic conditions. "We are now using it on a wide variety of crops including plants like sunflower, groundnuts to measure its strengths. And so far the results have been wonderful," he added excitedly.

    The field trials clearly indicate that the pesticides (bio-products) are multi-faceted organisms (extracted from the soil for developing biological alternatives for eco-friendly agriculture). Arora said: "Due to the indiscriminate use of chemicals like pesticides, we are loosing these important bacteria." He then stated the microbes as our national heritage and apprised that they are being conserved at the national and international collection centre and should be protected and saved from extinction.

    On the occasion, Arora thanked the vice-chancellor of the CSJM university for his support.

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    Kanpur university gets modern bio-tech lab
    TNN | Mar 22, 2011, 10.39pm IST

    KANPUR: The Institute of Biosciences and Biotechnology, Kanpur University, has modern equipment in the newly developed state-of-the-art laboratory. The sophisticated instruments will help the research scholars.

    Lyophilizer, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) are fermenter are among the many machines that have been recently installed in the modern laboratory.

    Naveen Arora, HoD, biosciences and biotechnology said that the laboratory will help in switching over to a higher level of research from the first stage being carried out on bio-fertilisers and bio-pesticides.

    "The new lab will promote research. It has come up with the support of Kanpur University vice-chancellor Harsh Kumar Seghal. The lab will help in meeting two dimensional targets. Firstly, the machines will help in finding out the exact mechanism on how the useful bacteria help the plant in growth and the ways to conserve them as the soil is losing such bacteria due to the indiscriminate use of chemicals. Secondly, to take the advance technology to the field so that the end users (farmers) are a benefited lot," Arora said.

    Bio-formulation (bio-pesticides and bio-fertilisers) would be produced in an equipment called `fermenter'. It will tested in the fields of the university dedicated for the purpose.

    Arora said that formulations developed in the lab will help in targeting some medicinal plants and ensure that the extracts are chemical-free. The lab is also equipped to study the mechanism of genes, he added.

    Useful equipment

    • Lyophilizer is an advanced equipment meant to preserve useful micro-organisms and maintain microbial data bank. It is capable of preserving microbes for several years that too in original form.

    • High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is a multi-functional instrument. It will be used to determine the bacterial metabolites useful for plants.

    • Fermenter is another equipment utilised to grow bacteria in a large scale under conditions where temperature, oxygen etc are controlled.

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