The Germplasm Field Day on Wheat and Barley was organized at NBPGR Experimental Farm, Issapur, New Delhi on 28 March 2019. It was attended by forty-five participants belonging to 15 organizations namely ICARDA-FLRP, Amlaha, Bhopal; ICAR- IARI, New Delhi; ICAR-VPKAS, Almora; IARI-RS, Indore; IARI-RS, Shimla; IARI-RS, Wellington; ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi; CSKHKV, RWRC, Malan; CCSHAU, Hissar; MPUAT, Udaipur; UAS, Dharwad; JNKVV, Powarkheda; Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune; Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd., Gurgaon; Lokbharti, Bhavnagar; comprising CG Institute, ICAR Institutes, SAUs, DST Institute, private company and NGO, etc.. Dr. Jyoti Kumari, Principal Scientist, Division of Germplasm Evaluation, ICAR-NBPGR welcomed the participants and informed about the nature of germplasm being grown at NBPGR, Issapur farm. Dr. Ashok Kumar, Head, Division of Germplasm Evaluation, ICAR-NBPGR described about the importance of genetic resources and field days for their effective utilization. He also expressed his interest in effective collaboration for trait specific evaluation by NARS. The participants visited the farm where 3,279 accessions of wheat comprising 1780 indigenous landrace accessions, 460 exotic germplasm, 224 minicore acc., etc; similarly, 969 accessions of barley comprising 685 core set acc. and 284 exotic germplasm are grown for characterization, multiplication and evaluation. The participants critically observed the material and selected germplasm of their interest according to their breeding objectives. During interaction, the participants appreciated the efforts of ICAR-NBPGR in showcasing the utilizable set i.e. core, minicore and trait specific germplasm and crop diversity at appropriate stage. The detailed discussion was held on issues like evaluation of wheat landraces for rust and powdery mildew and their utilization for breaking yield plateau, submission of utilization feedback, indenting of germplasm by public institutions, etc. Further it was suggested and agreed upon to also evaluate durum wheat germplasm in central zone and phenotyping of wheat germplasm for terminal heat and drought tolerance in central region. The activity was concluded with the vote of thanks.
(Source: Dr Ashok Kumar, Head Division of Germplasm Evaluation, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi)