Agriculture

The global population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, raising concerns about feeding these increasing numbers without further degrading the environment. Our work focuses on bringing sustainability in agricultural practices by developing plant and microbe derived products that reduce the use of chemical fertilisers while substantially improving crop yields. We are making strides in using nano biotechnology to develop a range of green products including nano-fertilisers, superfoods and algal based bioenergy. We demonstrate change by helping farming communities improve their livelihood through our products and practices.

agriculture narrative

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    Improving soil microorganisms for sturdier tea cultivation, come drought or flood

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    DNA fingerprinting of plants: Applications for conservation and utilisation of bio-resources

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    Making medicinal plant wealth work for Northeast India

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    Water-food-energy nexus in India

    In these times of agriculture crisis and falling water tables, it is important to rework policies to better address key challenges in the irrigation-power space

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    Producing hydrogen from agriculture waste - the microbial way

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Projects

Articles

Making medicinal plant wealth work for Northeast India

Dr Ashish Kar

Northeast India has a wealth of medicinal plants that make their way to Indian and foreign markets. If grown sustainably, the sector can be a major bio-resource for the region.

Improving soil microorganisms for sturdier tea cultivation, come drought or flood

Dr Sushmita Gupta

TERI is working in Assam to reengineer plant root-associated microbes to make tea cultivation more resistant to biotic and abiotic challenges

Producing hydrogen from agriculture waste - the microbial way

Dr Sanjukta Subudhi

Intensive research explorations are being carried out at TERI for hydrogen production from agri-residue woody biomass

Water-food-energy nexus in India

Ms Prakriti Prajapati

In these times of agriculture crisis and falling water tables, it is important to rework policies to better address key challenges in the irrigation-power space

RCC check dams boost farmer incomes

Farmers in Jhapusabari Pt. III village in Dhubri district of Assam faced dual problems of flooding and water scarcity. Their fields were rainfed but with no infrastructure to regulate the flow of rainwater, their crops would first be flooded with water, and then suffer from water scarcity as the rainwater would drain out quickly. Both these situations were damaging to the crops, hence reducing productivity and consequently incomes.

Paddy Residue Burning: Drivers, Challenges and Potential Solutions

Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma

Paddy residue burning has been viewed mainly as a challenge of residue management. Its mismanagement in the states of Punjab and Haryana has led to annual winter smog and health problems in Delhi and other places in North India.

Events

World Sustainable Development Summit 2019

February 11, 2019
to February 13, 2019

Join us for three days of stimulating discussions at the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) and avail an exclusive opportunity to deliberate over vital environmental issues of global importance and contribute amidst a corridor of international leaders, practitioners, academicians, and corporate leaders.

Second International Conference on Nanobiotechnology for Agriculture

December 13, 2018
to December 14, 2018

The Second Edition of International Conference on Nanobiotechnology for Agriculture (NanoForAgri 2018) will be organized by TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre in December 2018.

Theme: Detection, Conservation and Responsible Use of Natural Resources

Exhibition-cum-sale of Supi Sugandh products at Purabi and Prakriti Mela

March 8, 2018
to March 19, 2018

Look out for Supi Sugandh's stall for its organic products at the Purabi & Prakriti Mela at Dastkar Nature Bazaar in New Delhi in March 2018.

Workshop on "Knowledge Access: Digital Convergence at the Bottom of the Pyramid"

October 5, 2017
to October 5, 2017

TERI Library and Information Center (TERI LIC) hosted a workshop on 'Knowledge Access: Digital Convergence at the Bottom of the Pyramid' under the umbrella of the 3rd India Public Libraries Conference (IPLC) 2017 on October 5, 2017, at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi. Around 40 participants, mainly comprising of public librarians and researchers from agricultural area, attended the workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to bridge the information divide and leverage advancements in ICT to the benefit of the rural populace.

Workshop on "Role of Mycorrhiza in Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry"

March 22, 2017
to March 22, 2017

As part of the DBT sponsored Mycorrhiza Network Programme, TERI organized a one-day workshop on the 'Role of Mycorrhiza in Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry' in TERI, New Delhi on March 22, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Science & Engineering Research Board and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

International Conference on "Nanobiotechnology for Agriculture: from Research to Innovation"

February 2, 2017
to February 3, 2017

TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (TDNBC), in partnership with The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India organized the International Conference on Nanobiotechnology for Agriculture: From Research to Innovation on 20-21 November 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and TERI Gram, Gurugram.

News

Preserve natural resources, promote farming

March 1, 2018
| Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Tribune

Tackling the agrarian crisis from its roots necessitates attention to the important aspect of the neglect and degradation of natural resources, the natural capital that underlies all agriculture production systems.

A living system

February 27, 2018
| Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Telegraph

Organic farming can improve sustainability in Indian agriculture. Its principles challenge the dominant narrative of input and energy-intensive industrial agriculture systems that make farmers dependent on expensive commercial inputs and damage soil, water and biodiversity, inducing grave socio-economic adversity. Organic agriculture visualizes the farm as a dynamic ecosystem where biotic and abiotic components interact and harness local resources, such as farm residue, biodiversity and natural processes, to deliver optimal agricultural production and stability.

TERI Centre releases Zero Draft Policy for Regulation of Nano-products in Agriculture

November 21, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
Digital Learning

To address the challenges of Nano-Biotechnology in agriculture sector, a two-day international conference was organised by TERI Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre in association with Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, in New Delhi. To deal with such emerging issues, TERI Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre has unveiled "Zero Draft Policy for Regulation of Nanoproducts in Agriculture", during the event.

New Nano Centre

March 27, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
The Times of India

TERI has collaborated with an Australian university to set up a nanobiotechnology centre for core research as well as for development of technologies, products and processes. The TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre plans to have 50 PhD students and as many researchers on board by 2018. Students as well as researchers from TERI and Deakin University will work together.

Paddy stubble: The ‘burning’ conundrum

November 17, 2017
| Ms Shailly Kedia
| Voices, Times of India

Riding on the roads of rural Punjab, a grim spectre unfolds. It is early November and there is fire and smoke all around for the endless land that stretches ahead. It is paddy stubble burning time in the state. This phenomenon is not exceptional to the state of Punjab in India but is also prevalent in Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi air pollution: What kind of a challenge is stubble-burning? The crisis decoded

November 16, 2017
| Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Financial Express

Every year, the onset of winter in Delhi unfailingly brings to the fore the burning of paddy residue in Punjab and Haryana, given the practice contributes significantly to the national capital's air pollution woes, with severe consequences for public health. According to an IIT study, 17% of the PM 10 load and 26% of the PM 2.5 load in October-November in Delhi can be attributed to post-monsoon crop residue burning in these states.

Policy

Discussion Paper : Organic Agriculture: An option for fostering sustainable and inclusive agriculture development in India

June 2, 2015

Land scarcity, degraded ecosystems and climate change are pressures that the agriculture sector confronts in the 21st century whilst needing to meet demands for food, feed and fibre, preserve natural resources as well as ensure profitability, economic and social equity (FAO, 2015). Industrialized agriculture,1 which is capital intensive, substituting animal and human labour with machines and purchased inputs (IAASTD, 2009) has been the favoured model for agriculture development due to its tremendous success in increasing food production.

Strengthening Agricultural Biotechnology Regulation in India

September 22, 2010

The recent decision by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to place an indefinite moratorium on the release of Bt Brinjal for commercial agriculture has brought sharp focus on the stridently polarized views across the scientific community and civil society on the benefits and costs of genetically modified crops.

Services

Technology for reclaming wastelands

We provide expertise in greening and reclamation of wasteland to turn it into green, productive land. We do this using a beneficial group of micro-organisms known as mycorrhizal fungi. Successful examples of sites reclaimed using this technology include fly ash overburdens, alkali chlor-laden sites, distillery effluent discharge sites, phosphogypsum ponds, coal mines, red mud, saline and arid sites.

Next generation technology to produce high-quality mycorrhiza

Mycorrhiza is a biofertiliser that helps promote plant growth in an environment-friendly manner and provides several benefits during the plant cultivation stages. Our in-vitro mass production technology uses a sterile, contamination-free environment, to commerciallly produce this high-quality mycorrhiza, which is viable, healthy, and genetically pure. Our next generation technology for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi is suitable for industries and requires less space for maximum recovery of propagules (up to 1000 billion propagules/annum).

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Team

Senior Director, Sustainable Agriculture
Area Convenor, Centre for Mycorrhizal Research
Area Convenor, Community Farming & Livelihood (CFL)
Area Convenor, Nano Biotechnology Centre