About the Department


Plant Pathology
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The plant pathology department was originally established in the Faculty of Agriculture under Kalyani University during 1960. The existence of this Department is regarded in Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya since 1974.The Department offers Under Graduates as well as M. Sc. (Ag.) courses in Plant Pathology. A number of students in every year take admission through entrance test both in M.Sc(Ag.) and doctoral research program and submit thesis minimum after 4th and 6th semester respectively. Researches include viral  diseases of potato, sheath blight and stem rot of rice, race problems of maize leaf blight, leaf blight pathogen of wheat, diseases of betel vine, oil seed, vegetables and fruit crops, bio-control of plant diseases with fungal and bacterial antagonists and VA-Mycorrhiza in growth promotion of bamboos. A monograph on viruses of crops and weeds in Eastern India was published in collaboration with Rothamsted Experimental Station, U. K. The department imparts training on Mushroom technology. Students and the Teachers of this department have made their presence felt everywhere. The department of Plant Pathology has made itself involved with detection and diagnosis and management of Plant diseases with particular attention in the context of basic and applied researches on biological control of crop diseases and use of arbuscular mycorrhiza and PGPR for plant health management. The department has taken up initiation through RIDF Project for collection of agro-climate specific strains of bio-control agents, like Trichoderma, Gliocladium fluorescent Pseudomonads etc. The technology for e-pest surveillance and e-advisory services through mobile messaging was developed and transmitted to the agrarian community of the state through RKVY project. Mutant isolates with increased fungicidal tolerance and increased bio-control potential against Sclerotium rolfsii and Rhizoctonia solani have been initiated. Use of arbuscular mycorrhiza for plant growth promotion and health management and hardening of micro-propagated plantlets of sweat orange, banana has been standardized and protocol developed for on field application for abiotic and biotic stress management. The department is engaged in transfer of low cost technology of mushroom cultivation among entrepreneurs including training of unemployed youth on spawn production technology. A simple low cost technology for tropical mushroom spawn production for women has been standardized.

Vision of the Department


Positively impact our ability to “Feed the World”, “Protect our Environment”, and ”Improve our Plant Health” by excelling in the education and preparation of students in the fields of Plant Health and Disease, Pathogen biology, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Epidemiology, application of Nano technology in crop protection, Medicinal and aromatic plants, Botanical pesticides, Bio control technology, Mushroom cultivation and Integrated plant disease management etc.

Mission of the Department


Department Conducts leading edge research on plant diseases and plant-microbe interactions that directly and indirectly impact: Our ability to feed the world; Plant health and sustainability. Our objective is to educate and prepare expertise in the fields of plant health through a creative and challenging educational environment that integrates scholarship, fundamental knowledge, and experiential learning. Department Conveys information relevant to society through effective outreach and services that address plant diseases to the citizens of West Bengal state. An extension of this mission is to train the next generation of plant pathology professionals by providing them both the analytical and biological understanding to successfully protect the environment while promoting economic vitality.

Courses Offered and Intake Details


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  • Procured Automated Soil Moisture Measurement System (Profile Probe; Make: Delta-T Devices Inc., UK)
  • Soil moisture Measurement Probe System developed in “C” block farm Kalyani
  • BOD Incubator cum Shaker installed in Department laboratory
  • Seminar cum lecture room in the Department
  • Laminar airflow chamber
  • Temp. control shaker incubator
  • Table top centrifuge, vortex, balance, pH meter
  • Autoclave and water bath
  • Hot air Oven
  • A smart Post Graduate Seminar Room having capacity of 75
  • Molecular Laboratory
  • A well equipped Departmental Library for the Teachers and students
  • A Net house for conducting in vivo research by post graduate student