Tamil Nadu

Paddy Breeding Station of TNAU bags award

HONOUR: S. Robin, Head, Paddy Breeding Station of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, receiving the ‘Best Plant Breeding Centre for Rice Award’ for its overall performance in development of rice varieties from Swapan K. Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR, in Hyderabad.

HONOUR: S. Robin, Head, Paddy Breeding Station of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, receiving the ‘Best Plant Breeding Centre for Rice Award’ for its overall performance in development of rice varieties from Swapan K. Datta, Deputy Director General (Crop Science), ICAR, in Hyderabad.  

The Paddy Breeding Station of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has been conferred the ‘Best Plant Breeding Centre for Rice Award' for its overall performance in development of rice varieties by the Directorate of Rice Research, Hyderabad.

The station has been selected for the award from among the 107 stations in the country. It is noteworthy that the award has been conferred when the station is celebrating its centenary year, according to TNAU Vice-Chancellor P. Murugesa Boopathy.

“The landmark varieties that have been developed through Pure Line Selection by this station triggered the growth of rice production in the State. The first variety – GEB 24 (Kichili Samba) – released during 1921 played a significant role in the development of rice cultivars over the years, not only in India, but world-wide,” he said.

GEB 24 became very popular with wide coverage and thereby attained world-wide recognition and since then had been used in several national and international breeding programmes as progenitor for their varieties. Other noteworthy rice varieties responsible for transforming rice cultivation in the State were CO4 and CO25, CO37, CO38, CO40, CO43, CO47, etc.

The recently released CO (R) 48 and CO (R) 49 are the fine grain varieties that cater to the current market demands.

K. Thiyagarajan, Director, Centre for Plant Breeding and Genetics, TNAU, said the station was functioning with the objective of breeding improved new rice varieties and hybrids for irrigated, drought and aerobic situations. It had so far released 50 varieties. It possessed the state-of-the-art facilities to enable the rice scientists for conducting high quality research in rice cultivar development.

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