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.

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NEW IN AGRICULTURE

  • Agricultura Coalition
     

    Interview

    Nano biofertilisers can be a 'disruptive technology' in Indian agriculture

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  • Mycorrhizal Research

    Blog

    Can decentralised cold storage models be a piece of the puzzle in easing farmer distress

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    Announcement

    Nanobiotech@DBT platform: TERI's nanobiotechnology networking platforms with Department of Biotechnology

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    Publication

    Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-based Agri-input and Food Products in India

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    Article

    The impact of stubble burning and poor air quality in India during the time of COVID-19

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Projects

Articles

The impact of stubble burning and poor air quality in India during the time of COVID-19

Ms Shailly Kedia

A holistic approach by government and farmers alike is needed to address the problem of burning crop stubble, which comes at a huge environmental and health cost

कोल्ड चेन इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर: कोविड 19 महामारी में गरीबों को खाद्य सुरक्षा एवं स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं के लिए ज़रूरी

Mr Manjeet Singh

विकासशील देशों में बड़े स्तर पर खाद्यान उत्पादन के बावजूद बहुत सारा खाद्यान सप्लाई चेन में ही नष्ट हो जाता है। इसका एक बड़ा कारण अच्छे कोल्ड चेन ढाँचे की कमी माना जाता है।

जलवायु परिवर्तन: भारत को खिलाने की समस्या, कृषि को कमाई का ज़रिया बनाना दिक्कत

Dr Manish Anand

1960 के दशक से भारतीय कृषि में भारी वृद्धि हुई है। हमने भारत की खाद्य असुरक्षा को दूर किया है लेकिन साथ ही नई चुनौतियां सामने आई हैं। भारत की खाद्य समस्या ने एक नया रूप ले लिया है। जलवायु परिवर्तन से हुए असर ने पहले से मौजूद कड़ी चुनौतियों को और बड़ा बना दिया है। जलवायु परिवर्तन (सूखा, बाढ़, ओलावृष्टि, भारी बारिश) के प्रभाव में जोखिम प्रबंधन एक बड़ी चुनौती है।

Impact of COVID-19 on gender gains towards SDG 5

Ms Preeti Madan

The pandemic and the ensuing lockdown has impacted the genders differently, causing a shift in the demand and supply of employment opportunities, particularly for women employed in casual and informal jobs, both in the urban and rural areas.

Plant root microbes that help reduce chemical fertilisers and boost agriculture production

Dr Mandira Kochar
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Ms Aditi Pandit
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Dr Leena Johny
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Dr Shivani Srivastava
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Dr Pushplata Singh
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Dr Alok Adholeya

Mycorrhizae is a symbiotic relationship between plant roots and fungi. Mycorrhizae technology developed by TERI has shown 50% reduction in usage of chemical fertilisers in crops such as wheat and maize.

Can decentralised cold storage models be a piece of the puzzle in easing farmer distress?

Mr Amit Kumar

Decentralised models such as solar-biomass cold storage can help preserve horticultural produce, giving farmers the freedom to look for the best price and providing a buffer in uncertain times like the Covid-19 crisis

Events

Webinar on Agricultural residue management: Solution to achieve better air quality

October 16, 2020
to October 16, 2020

Air pollution is a serious concern in India, which becomes even more severe during post-harvest seasons. Agricultural residue burning has emerged out as an important contributor to very high pollution levels during the months of October and November.

On 16th October 2020, 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM IST

Microalgal diversity: Potential sources of materials and value-added products and their economy

September 3, 2020
to September 3, 2020

The interactive webinar informed participants about developments in algal species and their new, emerging potential

E-launch of 'A Fiscally Responsible Green Stimulus' report

August 24, 2020
to August 24, 2020

Recognising fiscal constraints, the report explores policy and regulatory interventions that would encourage private investment to provide a green stimulus to economic recovery in India.

Webinar on 'Interactive discussion forum on Nanotechnological solutions for CoViD-19 & Future Pandemics

May 1, 2020
to May 1, 2020

Nanobiotech@DBT is organizing a webinar on 'Interactive discussion forum on Nanotechnological solutions for CoViD-19 & Future Pandemics' on May 1, 2020 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM .

Webinar on DBT-TERI Ideation Platform

April 24, 2020
to April 24, 2020

Nanobiotech@DBT is organizing a Webinar on DBT-TERI Ideation Platform on April 24, 2020 from 11 am to 12:00 pm.

News

How porcupines, nilgai and boars make Indian forest communities poorer

July 19, 2020 |
July 19, 2020
The Dialogue

People and wildlife are increasingly coming into conflict over living space and food around the world. While the conflict and loss of lives on both the sides get into limelight, little is known about the economic impact of the rising conflicts on the communities living in forests for ages despite multi-facet risks. A study by TERI has thrown a light on this recently. The study in Uttar Pradesh's Terai region at the Indo-Nepal Border, has found that the families living in the proximity of reserve forests incur 5-10 per cent monetary losses annually due to crop depredation.

How India can eliminate the burning of crop waste

November 26, 2019
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| Hindustan Times

It is unrealistic to expect farmers to forego income for the sake of the environment. However, if they see economic gains in switching to alternative crops and patterns, they will come forward. There is a successful example of triggering fundamental transformation in farm practices. The ITC, known for its e-choupal initiative, ran a Baareh Mahine Hariyali (greenery for the whole year) programme in four districts of Uttar Pradesh last year. It saw the doubling of incomes among farmers who adopted the full programme.

There is always a solution

November 9, 2019
| Dr Vibha Dhawan
| The Pioneer

The ill-effects of crop residue burning go beyond air pollution. Crop burning also results in loss of fertility and micro flora of the soil. Not only that, the deposition of particles on leaves lowers the rate of photosynthesis, further affecting carbon dioxide fixation and oxygen release. It also inhibits crop growth and productivity, thereby encouraging use of fertilisers in future crop cycles, hence leaving behind an ever-larger ecological footprint.

TERI to study impact of climate change on farm sector

September 1, 2019 |
September 1, 2019
The Hindu Business line

TERI is undertaking a study on the impact of climate change and sustainability on the agriculture sector in India and come out with probable solutions to address these.

TERI to set up incubation centre in Odisha for biotech solutions

March 13, 2019 |
March 13, 2019
Business Standard

Facility will support development of solutions to address issues affecting agriculture, environment and energy.

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.

Policy

Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-based Agri-input and Food Products in India

August 6, 2020

Nanobiotechnology applications in food production and agriculture have a lot of potential. However, India did not have adequate guidelines to regulate the same. Until now.

Women in agriculture: Enhancing their role and promoting sustainability and livelihood support

May 26, 2020

The paper looks at enhancing the role of women in agriculture and allied activities and providing institutional support

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
Associate Director, Sustainable Agriculture
Associate Fellow and Area Convenor, Sustainable Agriculture
Fellow and Area Convenor, Centre for Excellence in Agrinanotechnology
Associate Fellow and Area Convenor, Nano Biotechnology Centre