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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Varsity to develop biosensors for agricultural applications

Karaikudi: Alagappa University has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore, to collaborate in the sphere of biosensor development for agriculture applications.

“As per the MoU, the departments of Bioelectronics and Biosensors and Industrial Chemistry of Alagappa University and the Department of Nano-Science and Technology of TNAU, will jointly work in the areas of research and product development,” a release from Alagappa University here said.

Agriculture was taking a paradigm shift from traditional farming to precision agriculture and it was time to initiate efforts to develop simple electronic devices for the determination of status of plants in order to minimize the response time for farmers to act and save the crop from pests, diseases and nutrient deficiencies, it said.

Prof. S. Subbiah, Vice-Chancellor of Alagappa University, said that the MoU would enable the scientists to evolve handy gadgets for assessing soil moisture and fertility status, pesticide residues in soil and produce, seed quality assessment and water quality tests. These factors determined the quality of agricultural and horticultural produces, he said.

K. Ramasamy, Vice-Chancellor of TNAU said efforts were being taken to bring a set of young scientists to accomplish the task of Biosensor development for agricultural applications which, he said, was the need of the hour for the farmers.

The research teams involved in the collaborative research and development included Prof C. Sekar, Head of the department, Bioelectronics and Biosensors, Prof P.Manisankar, Head of the department, Industrial Chemistry, Alagappa University and K.S. Subramanian, G.J. Janavi, Department of Nano-science and Technology, TNAU. The team would work together in the areas of teaching, research and product development in the field of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the release said.

Courtesy: The Hindu
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