Professor Jiwan Palta from the University of Wisconsin–Madison gives special lectures at GAMRC

The Department of Animal and Agricultural Sciences in the Research Center for Global Agromedicine (GAMRC) at OUAVM invited Professor Jiwan Palta from the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison to implement collaborative research from June 3 to 25, 2019.

The collaborative research with Professor Palta was launched in 2015, and this year marked its fifth year. During his stay at OUAVM, he offered three special lectures on “Strategies for improving crop production in changing climate.”

The first lecture, held on June 7, featured “Basic concepts, environmental fluctuations (daily, frontal, annual) and plant response.” During the second lecture on June 14, titled “Coping strategies (tolerance vs avoidance): Freezing, chilling, heat, drought, flooding,” Professor Palta engaged students in active learning using crop specimens and water bottles. In the last lecture on June 21, titled “Breeding for stress survival and stress mitigation strategies: Merging physiological and genetic approaches,” Professor Palta illustrated how crop productivity can be improved under stress conditions.

These lectures drew a total of 100 people, including undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, and faculty members. The attendees asked questions and engaged in discussions increasingly proactively and freely over time.