ICAR-NIANP, Bengaluru organizes
21 days Winter School on Livestock and Climate Change: Contributory Key Factors and Practical Strategies for Amelioration
1-21 September 2017
ICAR-NIANP, Bengaluru organized a 21 days Winter School on Livestock and Climate Change: Contributory Key Factors and Practical Strategies for Amelioration from 1-21 September 2017. The winter school was inaugurated on 01st September 2017 by Dr. Purnendu Biswas, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences. In his address, Dr. Biswas stressed upon the importance of inter-disciplinary efforts to curb the GHGs emissions from various sectors including the livestock. Twenty four participants from 9 states participated in the winter school.
In total, 43 lectures and 13 practical demonstrations were organized for the participants in the related areas such as vulnerability of different agro-climatic regions for climatic change, enteric methane emission measuring techniques, enteric methane amelioration viz. feed based, plant secondary metabolites, alternate H2 sinks, Biological approaches, life cycle assessment for GHG emission, carbon footprint from food of livestock origin, excrement GHG emission, impact of climate change on feed quality, availability and future projections; effect of climate change on male reproduction, female reproduction, hormonal imbalances, thermal stress, nutritional stress, oxidative stress, maternal pregnancy recognition; significance of indigenous livestock in changing climatic scenario; livestock associated N&P pollution; molecular and metagenomic approaches for diversity analysis and quantitation of ruminal microbes with special reference to methanogens, bioinformatic tools, residual feed intake and onsite monitoring of rumen fermentation.
After the inauguration, Dr. Raghavendra Bhatta, Director, ICAR-NIANP & Course Director delivered a lecture and presented the overview of the relationship of climate change and livestock production. In addition to the internal resource persons, external resource faculty from NDRI, Karnal & Bengaluru; VCRI, Namakkal, EMPRI, Bengaluru; NIVEDI, Bengaluru; Shiksha O Anusandhan, Bhubnaeshwar delivered lectures and interacted with training participants. Further, two lectures in related area were delivered on Skype by the renowned rumen microbiologist & animal nutritionist Dr. Chris McSweeney from CSIRO, Australia & Dr. Yutaka Uyeno, Shinshu University, Japan.
Dr. A. K. Misra, Former Vice Chancellor, MAFSU, Nagpur was the chief guest of the valedictory function held on 21st Septemebr. After distributing the certificates to the trainees on the successful completion of training program and he urged to initiate the research on these line and utilize the unique facilitates and scientific expertise available at various National Institutes of ICAR.