Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & DG (ICAR) inaugurated the National Insect Museum at the ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bengaluru today. In his inaugural address, Dr. Mohapatra urged the Director of the Institute for focusing on the issues to be addressed and the purpose of creating the facility, before embarking on any new construction. He also suggested the some of the following ways in order to further strengthen the newly-created facility:
- Installation of SEM facility.
- Arrangement of collections in the museum in an intellectual and aesthetic manner.
- Generation of Molecular data for all the preserved specimens in the museum.
- The specimens preserved should be complemented with ecological data for evolutionary studies as well as for the benefit of Indian farmers.
- Encouragement of Taxonomists for visiting the global museums.
- Further development of the new museum into a world-class facility in order to make it a hub for the international collaborative research, training and identification services.
- Documentation of the citation index and the impact factor of the Bureau for the last five years for measuring its performance.
- Quantification of decline in insect species to be worked out with respect to global warming.
- Enabling the fast-paced registration of insect-derived resources and ensuring the availability of bio-pesticides for the farmers.
- Workout the demand for bio-control agents and pheromone traps for the different agricultural ecosystems.
Dr. P.K. Chakrabarty, ADG (PP & B) along with other ICAR officials and eminent scientists also marked their presence during the occasion.
Besides being the state-of-the-art entomological training facility for the students and researchers, the National Insect Museum is well-equipped with the modern and advanced facilities for dry, wet and cryo-preservation of arthropod specimens. It will house all the available type specimens and a collection of agriculturally important insect species.