In­ter­ested in agri­cul­tural sci­ence? Visit IARI

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A team of stu­dents and teach­ers from Somerville School, Va­sund­hara En­clave, vis­ited the In­dian Agri­cul­tural Re­search In­sti­tute (IARI), New Delhi as part of an ed­u­ca­tional trip re­cently. The visit was aimed at in­tro­duc­ing the stu­dents to dif­fer­ent branches of agri­cul­tural sciences and to ex­pose them to the var­i­ous ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the field. Stu­dents were first taken to the en­to­mol­ogy (study of in­sects) depart­ment. Ex­perts from the depart­ment ex­plained the dif­fer­ent tech­niques used in preserva- tion and the bi­o­log­i­cal de­tails of the spec­i­mens. They were also shown an elec­tron mi­cro­scope. In the plant pathol­ogy lab, stu­dents were in­formed about pathogens, dis­ease-caus­ing or­gan­isms that in­fect plants, and the var­i­ous tech­niques be­ing re­searched at the in­sti­tute to counter pest at­tacks. The molec­u­lar bi­ol­ogy depart­ment show­cased the var­i­ous pro­ce­dures adopted in gene ma­nip­u­la­tions and ge­netic re­search to in­crease crop yield. Gene ma­nip­u­la­tion is a re­cent tech­nol­ogy by which a genome is al­tered to pro­duce de­sir­able ef­fects. The stu­dents in­ter­acted with the sci­en­tists.

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