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Prof Sharma delivers Keynote Address at the inaugural function at ICIRTLS-2020

JAMMU: Prof Yash Pal Sharma from the Department of Botany, University of Jammu, Jammu delivered a KEYNOTE ADDRESS during the inaugural function at the three-day International e-Conference on Innovative Research Trends in Life Sciences (ICIRTLS-2020) organized by the Life Science Department of Shri Shivaji College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Akola (Maharashtra) in collaboration with the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), Amravati Chapter from 3-5 December, 2020.

While delivering his talk titled "Alternative Food Resources: Wild Edible Mushrooms of North West Himalaya of Jammu and Kashmir', Prof Sharma began with the present status of wild mushrooms in the NW Himalayan region and showed that how these are consistently playing an indispensable role in sustaining the livelihood and economy of the natives of the Himalayan twin Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

He also outlined the general aspects of fungal characteristics and their role in the evolution, growth and proliferation of all plants including the economically important food crops and forests ecosystems through their mycorrhizal and rhizospheric associations.

‘Amongst the vast wealth of fungi, mushrooms connect humans to human sociability, valuation of nature and also connect people to their neighbouring forests for non-timber forest products, especially when such connections have been broken resulting in the eradication of forest goods, socio-environmental degradation and, occasionally, land desertion', told the learned mycologist of the Jammu.

Adding further, Prof Sharma opined that several key problems of malnutrition, diminishing quality of health, unemployment and increasing environmental deterioration can be solved by the innovations in consumption pattern, domestication and conservation of wild edible and medicinal mushrooms. Concluding his address, Prof Sharma said that it's time to co-ordinate and collaborate for making India the Atmnrbhar, self-reliant and the present challenges need to be converted into opportunities.

Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu in his message congratulated Prof Yash Pal Sharma for his address to the scientific community organized by the Life Science Department of Shri Shivaji College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Akola (Maharashtra) in collaboration with the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA). Prof Dhar appreciated his consistent efforts especially during COVID-19 to disseminate the vital scientific information to the students and the scholars.

Many accomplished researchers of India and abroad including Prof. G. Radhakrishnan Pillai, From the Calicut University, Prof Krishnendu Acharya and Prof. Pritha Bhattacharjee from Calcutta University, Dr. Rebecca Thombre, from Blue Marble Space, Institute of Science, Washington, USA, Dr. G. Phani Kumar from DRDO, Mysore, Prof Milind Desai from Pune University, Dr. Nishikant Wase from the University of Virginia, USA and Dr. Angshuman Sarkar from BITS Pillani, Birla Campus, Goa were the lead speakers of the conference.

The conference was attended by more than 300 registered researchers from India and other parts of the world.

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