Dedicated to

Late Prof V. L. Chopra

Padma Bhushan awardee, Ex-Director General, ICAR

43rd Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association – India (PTCA-I)


International Symposium on “Advances in Plant Biotechnology and Nutritional Security”

APRIL 28-30 2022

Organized by

ICAR-National Institute for Plant Biotechnology New Delhi-110012, India

In association with

Plant Tissue Culture Association-India (PTCA-I)

VENUE: A.P. Sinde Symposium Hall, NASC Complex, New Delhi-110012

Important Dates


We would like to welcome all delegates and participants to the 43rd Annual Meeting of Plant Tissue Culture Association (India) [PTCA(I)] & International Symposium on Advances in Plant Biotechnology and Nutritional Security-2022 (APBNS-2022) The event is being organized by ICAR-National Institute for Plant Biotechnology, New Delhi-110012, India, in association with PTCA(I). Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this event will be through hybrid mode i.e., both virtual mode and in-person mode, to give better access to the participants.

About the Hosting Institute: ICAR-NIPB

Recognizing the importance and potential of plant biotechnology in agricultural research, Biotechnology Centre (BTC) was established in January, 1985 at Division of Genetics, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa Campus, New Delhi. It subsequently became an independent institute in 1993, christened as National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology. NRCPB has been accorded the status of National Institute in the year 2019 owing to the inroads made by this institute in the areas of whole-genome sequencing, development of molecular markers, utilization of wild and mutant germplasm for identification of genes and promoters as well in developing plant transformation protocols to assist crop improvement. Over the last three and half decades, the institute has not only been serving as the national lead center for plant molecular biology and biotechnology research but also in training manpower in the frontline areas of Plant Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. The major contributions of ICAR-NIPB include the release of Pusa Jaikisan, a somaclonal variant of Varuna, whole-genome sequencing of rice, tomato, wheat, pigeon pea, cluster bean, mango, jute, tea and Oryza coarctata either as a part of International sequencing consortiums or as a national lead center. The Institute has developed a large number of DNA markers including SNP assays and mapped genes and QTLs and subsequently moved them into varieties for cultivation by farmers in collaboration with crop-based institutes. It has a wealth of germplasm resources, collected as well as generated, catalogued and characterized for identification of genes and promoters. The development of transgenic crops resistant to biotic stress has been a major the thrust area of the Institute

Major Events
  • Plenary/Key note and Invited Talks by Eminent Speakers
  • Oral Presentations
  • Award Lectures
  • PTCA-I Membership Presentations
  • Poster Presentations
  • Workshop on “Nutritional Security”
Symposium Themes
  • Abiotic Stress Tolerance
  • Biotic Stress Tolerance
  • Yield and Quality Traits
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Plant Tissue Culture and Transgenics
  • Developmental Biology and Epigenetics
  • Genome Analysis, Bioinformatics and Artificial Intelligence
  • Pre-breeding and Wild relatives of Crop Plants
  • Emerging threats in Indian Agriculture, Biopiracy, Scientific ethics and IPR issues