New Project to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU)

New Project to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU)

A New project has been sanctioned to the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi.

A release from TNAU said that the project ‘Macro and micro propagation for mass multiplication in selected high yielding palmyra (Borassus flabellifer L) types of different palmyra growing regions of India’ would be operated in the Horticultural College and Research Institute, TNAU.

Dr D Veeraragavathatham, Dean (Horticulture) stated that this species, which is ecologically and economically important for its tolerance to drought and salinity is valued for the highly nutritious and other edible by products.

He also said that Palmyra is a cross pollinated plant with a wide range of genetic variability and hence vegetative propagation and particularly in vitro propagation, assumes importance for mass multiplication and clonal propagation.

Dr V Ponnuswami, professor of Horticulture will be the Principal Investigator for this scheme while Dr P Nagarajan, professor (Biotechnology) and Dr M Ganga, assistant professor (Horticulture), TNAU will be the Co-Principal Investigators.

The team has already undergone a survey on palmyra growing tracts of India and identified palms of dwarf stature with high neera yielding potential. They have also planned to propagate and mass multiply high yielding palms through vegetative means and tissue culture.