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44th APIMONDIA International Apicultural Congress held at Korea. 15/09/2015 - 20/09/2015

Dr. Sushama Chaphalkar, Director of VSBT , Dr. Dhananjay Wakhle- Senior Scientist , Prof Vivek Khalokar - Junior Scientist participated in 44th APIMONDIA International Apicultural Congress held at DeaJoen, Korea and presented respective papers & posters.

Dr. Sushama Chaphalkar, Director of VSBT , is chairperson of session BEE BIOLOGY in 44th APIMONDIA International Apicultural Congress.

Genetic Variations among Apis Florea - Dr. Sushama Chaphalpkar, Director, VSBT, Baramati.

Beekeeping technology and quality issues in India- Dr. Dhananjay Wakhle, Senior Scientist.

Beekeeping development in Maharashtra through training in rural area - Vivek Khalokar, Junior Scientist.

Two Day Workshop on 'Hi - tech Nursery' 24/08/2015 - 29/08/2015

A series of three Two day workshop on 'Hi-tech Nursery' was organized at VSBT for the officials of Department of Social Forestry, Govt. of Maharashtra, Pune during 24/08/2015 - 29/08/2015.

The workshop was inaugurated at the auspicious hands of Hon. Dr. Arvind Kumar Jha, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest and Director General, Social Forestry, Govt. of Maharashtra. Dr. Sushama Chaphalkar, Director, VSBT graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The dignitaries present on this occasion included Mr. Sarfaraz Khan, Chief Conservator of Forests and Deputy Director General, Social Forestry, Pune Mr. Anwar Ahmed Chief Conservator of Forests and Deputy Director General, Social Forestry, Thane, Mr. N. S. Ladkat, Deputy Director, Social Forestry Pune, Mr. Satish Phale, Deputy Director, Social Forestry, Thane, Mr. S. B. Chavan, Asst. director, Social Forestry, Thane and Dr A. S. Patil, Principal, VSBT College of Agricultural Biotechnology, Baramati.
Dr. Jha emphasized the importance of Hi-tech nurseries for the Social forestry and compared it with the conventional nursery during his inaugural address. He also mentioned that his department is willing to establish a Hi-tech nursery in each tehsil of Maharashtra State and each nursery is expected to produce minimum 1 lakh saplings of the plant species of local importance.
Dr. Sushama Chaphalkar, Founder Director, VSBT discussed the evolution of the workshop and emphasized the importance of such a workshop for up gradation of the knowledge of the staff.
Dr. Anwar Ahmed delivered a lecture on the use of Root trainers in forestry nursery with demonstrations showing the difference between the root growth and development of plants using polybags and root trainers. He also discussed the social and financial aspects of root trainer use.

Prof. (Mrs.) Shailaja Harugade delivered a lecture on Mother tree selection and plantation for clonal propagation in nursery. She discussed the properties of an ideal mother tree and the cultivation practices for the same. She also elaborated on nursery management discussing its importance and need for proper growth of the saplings in the nursery.
Prof. Rushikesh Waghmode discussed the Methods and techniques of seed collection, treatment and storage along with the seed certification norms in his lecture. He also discussed the use of biofertilizers, vermicompost, and water management in an ideal nursery.

Demonstrations were carried out in the field on
i) Use of root trainers
ii) Nursery Management
iii) Vermi compost Production
iv) Seed collection, treatment and storage
v) Visit to Nakshatra Udyan.

Prof. Ramling Tabe delivered a lecture on Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory - A Hi-tech Nursery. He discussed the various applications of plant tissue culture with special emphasis on clonal propagation using tissue culture technique i. e. micropropagation, including the various stages of the technique. Then the participants visited the plant tissue culture at VSBT, were Mr. Abhijeet Jamdade and Ms. Varsha Shitole introduce them to various working areas of the laboratory and also demonstrated the sterilization techniques, initiation, subculturing and multiplication of cultures. The transformation laboratory at VSBT was also shown to them.

Dr. Deepak Kadam delivered a lecture on Greenhouse, polyhouse and shadenet house, discussing their types and applications including construction aspects. He also discussed about the use of mist chambers. Mr. Sharad Pawar of KF Bioplant, Pune discussed the economics of protected cultivation with emphasis on floriculture industry.

The participants were taken to the field for demonstration on greenhouse cultivation and hardening of tissue cultures plantlets. These demonstrations were conducted by Pro. Tabe, Mr. Abhijeet Jamdade and Ms. Varsha Shitole.

In the concluding session the participants expressed their opinions about the workshop and its benefits in their regular activities related to nurseries. The participation certificates were distributed to the participants by Mr. N.S. Ladkat Deputy Director, Social Forestry Pune and Dr. A. S. Patil, Principal, VSBT College of Agricultural Biotechnology, Baramati. The workshop was concluded with a group photo of participants with Dr. Sushama Chaphalkar, Founder Director, VSBT and other dignitaries. A total of 154 participants, including Mr. N. S. Ladkat, Deputy Director, Social Forestry Pune, Mr. Satish Phale, Deputy Director, Social Forestry, Thane, Mr. S. B. Chavan, Asst. director, Social Forestry, Thane, Mr. V. D. Jawalekar, Deputy Director, Social Forestry, Sangli, Mr. C. L. Dhumal, Deputy Director, Social Forestry, Ratnagiri, Mr. H. G. Dhumal, Deputy Director, Social Forestry, Satara, Mr. v. g. Jukar, Deputy Director, Social Forestry, Raigad and Mrs. Snehal Patil, Asst. Director, Social Forestry, Sindhdurg attended the workshop.

The participants expressed satisfaction regarding the organization and the content of the workshop and the hospitality rendered by VSBT. The guidance from Dr. Sushama Chaphalkar, Director, VSBT and the efforts taken by the organizing team comprising Prof. Ramling Tabe, Prof. B. N. Pendharkar, Mr. Abhijeet Jamdade, Ms. Varsha Shitole, Mr. Chetan Bagul, Mr. Rajendra Farande with the support of the teaching and non teaching staff of VSBT culminated in the successful organization of this workshop.

Kasspathar Visit Program'

The Kaas Plateau also known as the 'KaasPathar' or 'Plateau of flowers' is plateau situated in the western ghat sahyadri range,22kms from satara city in Maharashtra state of India. The area of plateau is located at height of 1200 mt and is approximately 1,000 hectare. The name kaas originates from kaasa tree (Elaeocarpus glandulous).It has been declared as Biodiversity World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) in June 2012.the place has 850different species of flowers and other plant. This falls under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of Western Ghats.The major portion of plateau is reserve forest. The plateau is majorly formed of basalt which is directly exposed to atmosphere. The basalt rock is covered by a thin cover of soil formed due to erosion . this soil is neither black nor lateritic. At certain places water gets accumulated because of uneven surface. The plants growing are typically of herbaceous nature, small shrubs and trees are located at the periphery of plateau.

Floral and faunal diversity
Kaas plateau is rich in its biodiversity. Many species are observed on plateau which is new to the botanical science. Many of the endemic, endangered plants are found. More than 850 species of flowering plants are reported on the plateau.624 species have entered in the Red Data Book. Out of these 624 species,39 are foundonly in kaas region. During September and October, this entire flat land becomes a lush green carpet with beautiful pink, purple, yellow and white flowersThe flora of kaas that is entire flowering plants and their related plants are typically restricted to that particular locality only. The plateau is very important for botanical studies and research work. Plateau seems to change the colors after every 15-20 days as the cycle of flowering plants progresses with the monsoon progress since June to October.

Kaas Lake
Kaas Lake is on the south of the Kaas Plateau and is surrounded by dense forests and lies between Sajjangad fort and Kanher Dam. Kaas Lake (built 150years ago) a perennial source of water supply for western part of satara city by gravity. The flora of kaas is around the locality of that area. The place is a hub of scenic beauty, different varieties of insects, birds and plant species. It is glory of Satara forest division. Kaas Lake is a source of Uramodi River. There is a presence of dense forests in the surrounding areas. To the south of kaas lake there is artificially built dam which is source of water supply for satara city. The whole area is controlled by Nagarpalika of Satara. Kaaslake and it's surrounding area shows great diversity in species of birds, butterflies,dragonflies.The area is very serene and calm.

2 nd Octomber Shramdan - NSS Program' 2/10/2015