Net work project on conservation of lac insect genetic resource
This is a part of the all India Network project on conservation of lac insect genetic resources funded by ICAR through IINRG, Ranchi. A Project there were eight network Cooperating centers located in different regions of the country. A lac insect cooperating centre has been established at SFRI, Jabalpur to study Central Highlands region which compresses of three states; Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa and one union territory Daman & Diu. The objectives of the project are as (1) conduct survey of the area for lac-insects and host plants, (2) Collect and conserve lac-insects under ex-situ conditions, (3) Carry out on-farm trials on lac cultivation technologies, (4) Training of adopted/selected farmers in collaboration with IINRG for in-situ conservation, (5) Conduct need based and location specific studies on lac-insects and/or host-plants.
The main purpose of this project is to study lac insect and host plant diversity which is declining due to anthropogenic activities and climate change. Collections of lac insects/ host plants and identify their potential area. Lac insect is being conserved at Regional lac insect field gene bank established at SFRI campus in which lac insect is being cultured on Flemingia macrophylla and Flemingia semialata so that lac insect gene from different sites can be maintained for long time and lac insect diversity conserved. lac insect is being cultured Flemingia macrophylla which is suitable for rangeeni and kusumi crop. In this project, training workshops are being organized in lac growing and lac non growing areas to create awareness towards lac insect and their host plants.
Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar, Sr. Scientist and Head
Social Economics, Marketing and Utilization Branch
State Forest Research Institute
Polipathar, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh - 482008