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     Research carried out in the College addresses the major issues pertaining to the agricultural development and up liftment of the farming community of North Eastern Hill (NEH) region. Moreover, research projects have been formulated based on research-able issues under major thrust areas formulated by the CAU. Projects both extramural and intramural research carried out by faculties focused on the major thrust areas already formulated for respective schools and approved in Research Council Meeting, CAU, Imphal. In addition some prioritized areas of research areas are addressed under the P. G. student's research programme.




Externally Funded Research Projects (as on 31.03.2015) :

I : Ongoing :

Sl.No. Title of the Project/Programme Project Leader/Principal Investigator Funding Organization (State/Regional/National/International) Total Budget
(In Lakhs)
Objectives
1 Improvement of locally adapted rice cultivars of North East Hill Region by incorporating Blast Resistance Genes through Marker Assisted Backcrossing Dr. Mayank Rai
Associate Professor
SCI
Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India 106.02 (i) Collection, pathotyping and molecular characterization of blast isolates across the NEH region.
(ii) Screening of rice germplasm from NEH region and monogenic lines carrying different blast resistance genes against isolates from NEH region.
(iii) Marker assisted pyramiding of three blast resistance genes Pi1, Pi2, Pi9 in popular rice varieties (Bhalum3, CAUR1, Shahsarang) of NEH regions
2 From QTL to Variety: Marker assisted breeding of abiotic stress tolerant rice varieties with major QTLs for drought, submergence and salt tolerance Dr. Mayank Rai
Associate Professor
SCI
Department of Biotechnology Govt. of India 82.10 (i) To introgress drought tolerant QTLs DTY 1.1 and DTY 2.2 into Sambha Mahsuri-sub1 through marker assisted backcrossing
3 Establishment of Institutional Biotech Hubs Dr. V .K. Khanna
Professor
SCI
Department of Biotechnology Govt. of India 27.00 (i) Exposing teachers of degree colleges, school teachers and students to Biotechnological approaches though trainings and workshops.
4 Phenomics of moisture deficit and low temperature stress tolerance in rice Dr. Wricha Tyagi
Associate Professor
SCI
NFBSFARA, ICAR, New Delhi 168.57 (i) Establishment of operationalisation of plant phenomic facility
(ii) Standardization of operation and phenotype parameters
(iii) Understanding of cold stress tolerance phenome and role of candidate genes.
5 Development of pod borer resistant transgenic pigeonpea and chickpea' Dr. Wricha Tyagi
Associate Professor
SCI
NFBSFARA, ICAR, New Delhi 35.295 (i) Prevention of transgene expression of insecticidal genes in Non-target tissues
6 Generation of early maturing and low moisture tolerance mutant in the Brassica campestris Dr. Wricha Tyagi
Associate Professor
SCI
BRNS, GoI, Deptt. of Atomic Energy (BARC) 22.205 (i) Development of mutant population in Brassica campestris
(ii) Screening mutant population for high yielding
   a) early maturing and
   b) low moisture tolerant genotypes
7 Characterization of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae stains causing bacterial blight in rice from North Eastern region with respect to cultural, biochemical, molecular and virulence profiles" Dr. Dipali Majumder
Associate Professor
SCP
Department of Biotechnology Govt. of India 17.226 (i) Characterization of different isolates of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. Oryzae (Xoo) from North-East and North-West India
(ii) Screening of XOP like effectors from the characterized isolates to investigate its role as virulence determinants.
8 Consortium Research Platform on Borers in Network Mode Dr. K. Mamocha Singh
Associate Professor
SCP
ICAR, New Delhi 31.00 (i) Identification of borer complex on important horticultural crops of Arunachal Pradesh (Fruits and Vegetables)
(ii) Host plant-resistance (Studies on the host preference of Anoplophora versteegi.
(iii) Studies on the biointensive management of brinjal shoot and fruit borer technology of IIHR and popularization of technology through FLD
(iv) Studies on the biointensive management of tomato fruit borer technology of IIHR and popularization of technology through FLD
(v) Developing IPM for borers (Leucinodes orbonalis in Brinjal)
(vi) Developing web portal for the pests of centre
(vii) Economic analysis/ Transfer of Technology
9 Assessment of habitat specific environmental mycobacterial population in North East India Dr. D. Thakuria
Associate Professor
SNRM
MoEF, Govt. of India 35.00 (i) To assess phylogenetic diversity and composition of EM community in various natural habitats of North East India.
(ii) To characterize the growth factors those stimulate the abundance and diversity of EM in natural habitats.
(iii) To determine the relationship of environmental growth factors on the biogeographic distribution and abundance of EM phylotypes.
10 Endophyte diversity of wild vs. cultivated rice across environmental gradients of North East India Dr. D. Thakuria
Associate Professor
SNRM
Department of Biotechnology Govt. of India 45.50 (i) To assess the phylogenetic diversity of endophytic and rhizospheric microbiota of wild vs. cultivated rice plants
(ii) To determine the pattern of rice endophyte interaction across a range of the environmental gradients.
(iii) To determine the efficiency of endophytes of wild vs. cultivated rice plants in terms of colonizing ability and agronomic benefits.
11 Impact assessment of jhumming on native plants and soil microbiota and restoration of sustainable jhum agroecosystem Dr. D. Thakuria
Associate Professor
SNRM
Department of Biotechnology Govt. of India 74.32 (i) To estimate microbial diversity and compositions at different soil depths in jhum fellows of different age groups with reference to the of adjacent undisturbed sites
(ii) To evaluate the diversity and composition of rhizospheric and endophytic microbiota of early succession plants in jhum fellows.
(iii) Isolation of culturable fraction of microbial colonizer in early succession plants and their screening for adaptation behavior to heat and moisture stresses and plant growth promotion activities.
(iv) To develop multiple microbial inocula based on their survivality and colonization ability to selected tuber/or deep rooted crops for eco-restoration of jhum fellows.
12 Techno-Economic Feasibility of Gravity-fed Drip Irrigation System in Hilly Regions of Meghalaya Dr. Lala I. P. Ray
Assistant Professor
SNRM
DST, Govt. of India 28.564 (i) To evaluate the pressure profile along the laterals with respect to hill slope, uniformity coefficient and friction loss in gravity-fed drip irrigation system
(ii) To study the performance of the crops under the gravity-fed drip irrigation
(iii) To work out the economics of the gravity-fed drip irrigation system in the hilly region
13 Economics of Milk Production in North Eastern Hill (NEH) Region of India Dr. S. M. Feroze
Assistant Professor
SSS
Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Agriculture 4.00 (i) To standardize the methodology for estimating the cost of milk production.
(ii) To estimate the cost of milk production for selected categories of milch animals (cross bred/ local buffalo) in selected production systems.
(iii) To access the impact of feed on productivity of milch animals
14 Climate Change Impacts on Hill Agriculture in North-East Himalaya: A socio Economic Analaysis Dr. S. M. Feroze
Assistant Professor
SSS
ICSSR 20.00 (i) To analyze the trends in rainfall and temperature
(ii) To estimate the impact of climate change on mean yield and variability in yields of major crops and to identify landraces grown by indigenous people to such variability.
(iii) To study the gender specific impact of climate variability on farm livelihood.
15 Assessment of Livelihood and Income of System of Rice Intensification Farmers in Tripura Dr. Ram Singh
Associate Professor
SSS
ICSSR 9.00 (i) To work out the cost and returns from SRI and non-SRI method
(ii) To assess the impact of SRI on income and livelihood of rice growers.
(iii) To identify the constraints in adoption of SRI method and suggest measures to overcome the same.
16 Cost of Cultivation of Major Crops in Meghalaya Dr. Ram Singh
Associate Professor
SSS
Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Govt. of Meghalaya 27.28 (i) To work out the cost of cultivation of ten major crops in Meghalaya.


II : Completed :

Sl.No. Title of the Project/Programme Project Leader/Principal Investigator Funding Organization (State/Regional/National/International) Total Budget
(In Lakhs)
Objectives
1 Bioprospecting of genes and allele mining for abiotic stress tolerance Dr. Wricha Tyagi
Associate Professor
SCI
NAIP, ICAR 210.366 (i) Generation of genome resource base to facilitate bioprospecting and allele mining.
(ii) Prospecting for newer genes and alleles for abiotic stress tolerance
(iii) Functional validation of identified genes in model plant system
2 Screening for Turcicum blight resistance in indigenous non elite lines of maize in North East India Dr. Devyani Sen
Assistant Professor
SCI
Department of Biotechnology Govt. of India 39.23 (i) To identify sources of resistance in land races/OPVs prevalent in North-East India
(ii) To identify the race (s) of Turcicuum blight prevalent in North-East India
3 Derived crop co-efficients for enhancing water productivity of important crops of Meghalaya Dr. P. K. Bora
Associate Professor
SNRM
DST, Govt. of India 58.00 (i) Determination of water requirement of different important crops grown in the mid-hill region of Meghalaya through lysimeter study.
(ii) Estimation of reference evapo-transpiration with the help of real time and historical weather data.
(iii) Determination of Crop-Coefficient of those crops by ETc/ETo.
(iv) Determination of water requirement of those crops through field water balance study and find out error level as compared to lysimeter study.
4 Development and Deployment of Mobile Based Agro Advisory System in North East India (M4AgriNEI) Dr. L. Devarani
Assistant Professor
SSS
Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Govt. of India 111.40 (i) To empower the farmer by providing right information in right time through a mobile based agro advisory system.
5 Development of Expert System to Diagnose Rice Diseases in Meghalaya Ms. P. Mercy Nesa Rani
Assistant Professor
SSS
NABARD, Meghalaya, Regional Office 2.50 (i) To identify the commonly occurring rice diseases in Meghalaya state of North East India and acquire the knowledge from the domain experts about the diseases.
(ii) To represent the knowledge in a computer program.
(iii) To demonstrate the expert system to the farmers.
6 Functioning of Micro-Credit Scheme of RMK in North Eastern States of India Dr. S. M. Feroze
Assistant Professor
SSS
Planning Commission 5.90 (i) To study the functioning of micro-credit scheme of RMK in NE states of India
(ii) To investigate the saving, loaning, repayment performance of micro credit scheme of RMK at individual and group level.
(iii) To analyze the impact of micro-credit scheme on women empowerment.
(iv) To identify and prioritize the constraints as perceived by the participants of micro-credit scheme of RMK and suggest suitable policy initiatives.
7 Assessment of the consequences of extreme climate variability on men and women farmers in ensuring food security and sustaining livelihoods: A case study in rice-based farming in Northeast India Dr. Ram Singh
Associate Professor
SSS
IFAD 6.20 (i) To characterize the local climate conditions and to compare men and women farmers; perception on extreme climate variability (ECV).
(ii) To understand how men and women in farm households perceive and experience climate shifts and how this is linked to food security and sustainable livelihoods and
(iii) To identify the coping strategies that men and women farmers utilize in order to ensure a measure of food security and sustain livelihoods in response to climate variability.
8 Touch Screen Kiosk for Farm Technology transfer among Tribal Farmers- (e-Kiosk Project) Dr. R. Saravanan
Associate Professor
SSS
NABARD 25.45 (i) Touch screen kiosk for farm technology transfer among tribal farmers of Arunachal Pradesh state of North-East india
Intramural Research Projects (IRPs) under the Central Agricultural University, Imphal (as on 31.03.2015) :

I : Ongoing :

Sl.No. Title of the Project/Programme Project Leader/Principal Investigator Funding Organization (State/Regional/National/International) Total Budget
(In Lakhs)
Objectives
1 Evaluation of bacterial and fungal antagonists against major fungal diseases of rice in Meghalaya Dr. T. Rajesh
Assistant Professor
SCP
CAU 1.241 (i) To isolate and identify bacterial and fungal antagonists from rice rhizosphere soils of Meghalaya
(ii) To evaluate isolated antagonists against major fungal diseases under in vitro and pot culture conditions
(iii) To evaluate the best promising biocontrol agents under field condition
2 Assessment of heavy metals in coal mining areas of Jaintia hill and its influence on cropping system Dr. Naorem Janaki Singh
Assistant Professor
SNRM
CAU 1.50 (i) To understand the heavy metals contents in the soils across coal mining areas of Jaintia Hill
(ii) To assess the heavy metal accumulation pattern in different consumable plant parts over annual crop production cycle of the selected soil
3 Assessment of Soil and Nutrient Losses in Maize-Potato based Cropping System Dr. Lala I.P. Ray
Assistant Professor
SNRM
CAU 1.50 (i) To quantify the soil losses under maize-potato based cropping system
(ii) To find out the crop management factor for maize-potato cropping system.
(iii) To evaluate major nutrients (N,P and K) losses along with the runoff under the maize-potato based cropping system.
4 Database creation on information needs for rural and agricultural enterpreneuralship for generating employment for youth in Meghalaya Dr. Rajkumar Josmee Singh
Assistant Professor
SSS
CAU 1.49 (i) To study the socio-economic and psychological profile of rural youth.
(ii) To study the perceived information needs of rural youth toward remunerative agricultural enterprises.
(iii) (ii) To find out information sources and their utilization by rural youth for remunerative employment in agriculture.
(iv) To study the influence of socio-economic and psychological variables of rural youth on the perception of information needs and their utilization for remunerative employment in agriculture.
(v) To identify the constraints and elicit suggestions related to remunerative employment in agriculture of rural youth.
5 Raising awareness on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in vegetable cultivation to promote sustainable farming in Meghalaya (PG.IRP-II/2013-14) Dr. Rajkumar Josmee Singh
Assistant Professor
SSS
CAU 1.40 (i) To study the farmers' knowledge and perception on pests and pesticides use in vegetable cultivation.
(ii) To raise awareness on IPM in vegetable cultivation.
(iii) To ascertain best practices strategies on IPM to promote sustainable vegetable farming in Meghalaya.
6 Economic of rice cultivation and estimation of producer surplus if rice in Ri Bhoi district of Meghalaya. (Code No. PG.IRP-I/2014-15) Dr. Ram Singh
Associate Professor
SSS
CAU 1.46 (i) To work out the cost and returns from rice cultivation.
(ii) To estimate the producer's surplus of rice.


II : Completed :

Sl.No. Title of the Project/Programme Project Leader/Principal Investigator Funding Organization (State/Regional/National/International) Total Budget
(In Lakhs)
Objectives
1 Collection and evaluation of hill rice from the North-Eastern Region Dr. Noren Singh
Associate Professor
SCI
CAU 1.458 (i) Collection of hill rice genotypes from different sources including NBPGR, state and Central institute and farmers.
(ii) Evaluation and identification of superior suitable genotypes for locations at different altitudes viz. low, mid and high altitude.
(iii) Microclimatic characterization of the study areas of specific altitude for correlation studies with genotypic performance.
(iv) Molecular characterization of the identified hill rice genotypes for protection under IRP issues.
2 Collection and genetic diversity analysis of chilli germplasm from North-Eastern India. Dr. Wricha Tyagi
Associate Professor
SCI
CAU 0.675 (i) Identification of molecular markers tagged to a particular chilli species.
(ii) Identification and characterization of the allelic state at the Pun 1 locus in varieties from North-Eastern region.
3 Standardisation and development of in vitro microrhizome induction and production package of locally adapted ginger varieties of Meghalaya. Mr. N.T. Meetei
Assistant Professor
SCI
CAU 0.69 (i) To standardize an in vitro microhizome induction protocol of ginger for locally adapted varieties of Meghalaya.
(ii) To develop a microhizome production package and explore its commercialization possibilities.
4 Effect of Fertigation through drip on the yield of Vegetables and Soil acidity under Polyhouse in high rainfall areas Dr. P.K. Bora
Associate Professor
SNRM
CAU 1.24 (i) To study the effect of different fertigation levels and schedule on the productivity of capsicum, tomato and cucumber crops
(ii) To study the effect of fertigation levels and schedule on soil acidification.
(iii) To evaluate N-recovery, fertilizer and water use efficiency under different fertigation regimes.
5 Assesment of Microbiota Community and Biological Pools of Carbon, Nitrogen and Phosphorous in Soil of Rice Ecosystems in Hill Agriculture. Dr. D. Thakuria
Associate Professor
SNRM
CAU 1.49 (i) Assessment of biological pools of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus in rice soils under different toposequences, and their relationship with major soil factors like acidity (pH), soil texture, and total organic carbon.
(ii) To determine phylogenetic diversity of bacterial and fungal communities in rice soils under different toposequences.
(iii) To develop plant growth promoting (PGP) bioinoculants for rice crop under different rice ecosystems.
6 Response of quality protein maize (Zea mays L.) + groundnut (Arachis hypogeal L.) intercropping to planting patterns and fertilizers schedules. Dr. Vishram Ram
Associate Professor
SNRM
CAU 1.135 (i) To determine the yield attributes of intercropped QPM and groundnut under different fertilizer regimes.
(ii) To assess the fertilizer induced intercropping effects on quality of intercrops.
(iii) To evaluate physico-chemical and biological properties of soils under sole and intercropped QPM and groundnut.
7 Prediction of soil organic carbon stock in soil of rice ecosystems in Hill Agiculture Dr. Naorem Janaki
Assistant Professor
SNRM
CAU 1.09 (i) To determine parameters for estimation of carbon stocks in soils of hills rice ecosystems
(ii) To estimate carbon stocks in different hill rice ecosystems
(iii) To predict SOC stocks of hill rice ecosystems using CENTURY and ROTH C Models
8 Contingency crop planning based on three decadal weather data Dr. Lala I. P. Ray
Assistant Professor
SNRM
CAU 1.21 (i) To analyze the rainfall data and to deduce spatial and temporal variation
(ii) To suggest suitable contingency crop planning based on agro-meteorological behavior for different agro- ecological zones of Meghalaya
9 Traditional Institutions and customary laws of the Khasis of Meghalaya: Role in sustainable agricultural and livelihood Dr. L. Devarani
Assistant Professor
SNRM
CAU 1.240 (i) Identification and documentation of customary laws of the Khasis pertaining to sustainable agriculture and livelihood.
(ii) Study the role of traditional institutions in local governance and enforcement of the customary laws.