Quiz and Extempore competitions were organized by Dr. Khushboo Chandra and Dr. Heena under Agro Club Academic Association of Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, SGT University on occasion of ‘International Day on Biological Diversity’ on 22 May 2022. The theme of this year is “Building a shared future for all life.” There were 20 participants in the competitions from B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture. About 50 students of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Faculty members encourage the participants.
The brief introduction about celebration of World Biodiversity day was presented by Dr. Khushboo Chandra. This day is celebrated to raise awareness about the significant reduction in biological diversity due to human activities like deforestation, urbanization, road constructions, overgrazing, burning of crop residues. Biological diversity is the variety and variability of life on Earth. Biodiversity is a measure of variation at the genetic, species and ecosystem level. Biodiversity is the rich source of natural gene resources and stable ecosystem. The need of hour is the conservation of abiotic resources for their sustainable use in future.
Prof. (Dr.) Ashok Kumar, Dean FASC also interacted with students and shared importance of biodiversity. He said different land use pattern and urbanization is destroying the biodiversity. With modernization in the techniques of production and productivity of high yielding varieties gene pool is shrinking day by day. Monoculture leads to destruction of particular variety due to sudden outbreak of disease. Mustard and wheat cropping system crop will uptake nutrient and water as per their physiological efficiency adapted to specific ecosystem
Dr. Preeti also addressed the gathering and highlighted threats to biodiversity, Alterations in ecosystem composition and Global climate change affect on speciation. She also marked that “Diversity breeds diversity”
Students expresses relevance of theme by expressing their views during extempore session on topic Effect of global warming in agriculture, Burning of crop residue – An alarm to air pollution, Impact of Biodiversity on ecosystem and Conservation of germplasm – a way to revive wild progenitors. Dr. Khushboo presented vote of thanks.