Interested in agricultural science? Visit IARI
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.