The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) was formally established in1974. With the headquarters in New Delhi, it has created an environment that is enabling, dynamic and inspiring for the development of solutions to global problems in fields of energy, environment and sustainable development. It has been ranked 20th in the list of top global think tanks on environment by Think Tank and Civil Societies Program, University of Pennsylvania.
The concern for food security is increasing rapidly. With recent projections of global population revised to 10 billion by 2050, the pertinent questions that arise are: How do we feed these numbers without degrading the environment further? How do we meet the demand for biofuels and other biomass in a carbon constrained world? Sustainable agriculture and land utilization hold the key. The activities of the Division focus on increasing the productivity and productive capacity of all types of land (including degraded lands) using cost-effective, eco-friendly microbial resources known as mycorrhizal fungi, and on large-scale propagation of high-quality plant material using modern biotechnological techniques. The new TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Research Centre will substantially improve fungicides and pesticides so as to enhance the resource efficiency of agricultural ecosystems. It will complement TERI's ongoing activities in genetic improvement of plant material (with food and fuel potential) and facilitate subsequent large-scale production of high quality tissue culture plants in TERI’s facilities (ISO 9000 certified) for global dissemination. TERI is currently seeking to establish a bio refinery (using wheat and rice residues as feedstock) with a capacity of 500,000 tonnes/year of feedstock, with the objective of maximizing ethanol production as a substitute for petrol. Efforts are also being made to collect, screen, and characterize the microalgal gene pool with an aim to optimize the growth conditions of superior strains (with 52% oil content) for potential biodiesel production. Know more >>
In view of the stark reality of increasing demand for food production, food security, and nutrient deficiency, Mycorrhiza will in the future play a key role owing to its contribution to the plant apropos to phosphorus nutrition in agriculture. Mycorrhiza, with its mutualistic, symbiotic association, is of great relevance and significance to problems such as nutrient deficiency and marginal lands. With its main focus on basic and applied research using microbial resources for biotechnological intervention to address agriculture, energy, and environment-related issues, the Centre for Mycorrhizal Research at TERI, spearheaded by Dr Alok Adholeya, has core competence in mycorrhizal technology and bioremediation. To know more about the area, kindly go through the area brochures below: