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National seminar on Challenges and Innovative Approaches in crop Improvement held at AC&RI,Madurai, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University,India during December 16&17,2014

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The Indian Society of Plant Breeders is organizing this years’ National Seminar at the Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai, second largest constituent college of TNAU, located in the temple city of Madurai. Plant Breeders, mostly from southern part of India are gathering in the foot hills of Yanamalai to discuss various challenges and innovative techniques in crop improvement which includes conventional and innovative breeding tools and techniques used in crop improvement programmes. Researchers, state agricultural university professors and post-graduate students are contributing their scientific findings in the form of more than 300 registered conference abstracts. The crop improvement sessions is divided into multiple themes where leading breeders deliver the lead lectures. Additionally, selected abstracts of post-graduate students are given opportunities for oral presentations to enhance their presentation skills in front of bigger audience. The post graduate students of Plant Breeding & Biotechnology are presenting their posters and participating in the best poster competition. The society recognizes their research work by presenting the best poster award for various sessions. I hope this seminar will give good exposure to the young plant breeders to start their research career with confidence and also with the guidance of the experienced plant breeders who are always the guiding force for the Plant Breeding programme in this country.