Welcome to Indian Phytopathological Society
The Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS) is a professional forum for promoting the cause of science of Phytopathology. It s the third largest society of plant pathologists in the world. The Society was established in February 28, 1947 at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi by Dr. B.B. Mundkur, an eminent Plant Pathologist. Under the chairmanship of Prof. S.R. Bose, Dr. B.N. Uppal, Dr. A. Sattar, Dr. R.S. Vasudeva (members) with Dr. B.B. Mundkur as convener was formed to start publication of the journal “Indian Phytopathology” and takes steps for framing a constitution and by laws of the Society. Dr. B.B. Mundkur enrolled a number of mycologists and plant pathologists working in India and abroad. Industrial concerns interested in the subject were also approached to become patrons. The constitutions was ratified at the first annual general body meeting of the Society held on Jan. 2, 1948 were in 156 members (charter members) participated. (More)
C V Subramanian
Past President, International Mycological Association (IMA)
Keywords: Mycology, plant pathology, Butlerian tradition, soil mycology, Fusarium, mycorrhiza
I am basically a botanist. As a boy, I collected plants and raised them in the garden. My mother helped and encouraged me in this. As an undergraduate, I did a piece of work on the physiological anatomy of a halophyte, Acanthus ilicifolius, common in salt marshes in the west coast of India. I began my life with research in soil mycology and soil-borne plant diseases. Thus, I am a plant pathologist. I studied the autecology of Fusarium in the context of the Fusarium wilt of cotton. After graduation, I had wanted to work with B B Mundkur, the reputed mycologist and plant pathologist, and had been chosen to join as a student at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi. But I could not join due to financial constraints. I had also written to K M Thomas, then Government Mycologist at the Agricultural College & Research Institute at Coimbatore, requesting him to take me in as a student and work under his guidance, but he regretted that he could not take me in, as my hands were full and he had a student already working with him! In this situation, the Director of the University Botany Laboratory (UBL) in Madras, T S Sadasivan, accepted me as his first research student. For the work I did on soil conditions and cotton wilt under his guidance, I was declared qualified for the Ph.D. degree by the University of Madras in 1947, the same year the Indian Phytopathological Society (IPS) was founded by Mundkur and his associates.
|From Secretary's Desk|
Dr Pratibha Sharma, Secretary, IPS