ICAR- National Organic Farming Research Institute (NOFRI), Tadong in collaboration with Department of Botany, Nar Bahadur Bhandari (NBB) Degree College, Tadong organized one day workshop for “Orientation on assembly of Foldscope and its utilization as a tool for identification of plant pathogen and its effect on host” for the third semester students of botany on 25th September, 2018.
Dr. Chandramani Raj, Scientist (Plant Pathology) and Dr. Shweta Singh, Scientist (Plant Pathology) from ICAR-NOFRI, Tadong and Dr. Lhanjey P. Wangdi, Assistant Professor, Department of Botany, NBB Degree College, Tadong are working individually on this Foldscope through projects sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. To democratize this science, the three scientists organized a workshop for 33 botany students of the degree college.
During the programme, Dr. Shweta Singh (Scientist, Plant Pathology) welcomed the students and faculty from NBB Degree College and scientists of ICAR-NOFRI for the workshop. She briefly presented the audience about the foldscope, its benefits and application in identification of plant pathogens.
During workshop, college students assembled the foldscope paper to microscope under the guidance of Dr. Chandramani, Dr. Shweta, Dr. Chandan, Dr. Sudip and Dr. Lhanjey Bhutia. They also prepared slides of various pathogen infected samples, cultures of pathogen and biocontrol agents and viewed under the foldscope. The students had a very interactive session with the scientists on different aspects of plant pathogens and their features.