Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources


The Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources (ISPGR) was founded in 1987 as a multidisciplinary scientific body involved in the various issues of plant genetic resources (PGR) and related fields. It currently has more than 650 members, nearly 600 of them being life members. The genesis of the society was from the initiative taken by the scientists at the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi, under the leadership of Dr R.S. Paroda, the then Director of NBPGR and presently Chairman, TAAS. The ISPGR was formally registered under the Indian Societies Act (1860) on November 3, 1987 with the Registrar of Societies, Delhi (Registration No. S/18336 of 1987). Membership is open to all persons interested in the field of PGR in India and abroad.


The primary objective of the society is to provide a forum to various workers in the field of plant genetic resources to express their views, publish their findings and interact with different stakeholders. The society aims at the following:

  1. To promote research in the field of PGR especially in germplasm exploration and collecting, conservation, evaluation and characterization, introduction and exchange, quarantine and related activities.
  2. To encourage the management of PGR in an integrated fashion involving different disciplines such as Economic Botany, Ecology, Ethnobotany, Biosystematics, Biotechnology, Physiology, Horticulture, Seed Science, Agronomy, Pathology, Entomology, Nematology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science and Informatics.
  3. To provide a forum to the scientists for expressing their critical views based on scientific knowledge, rational thinking on policies related to PGR.
  4. To collect, collate and disseminate information on PGR programmes.
  5. To encourage and promote close association and collaboration among members belonging to various disciplines.
  6. To provide recognition to persons having made significant contribution in furthering the science of plant genetic resources.
  7. To work in association with international organizations and other societies with similar interests
  8. To publish research journal at periodical intervals.

Activities undertaken by the ISPGR

National Dialogues

1. The first Dialogue- “Plant Genetic Resources in India- Developing National Policy Option” was organized by Society during December 1-2, 1993, New Delhi.

2. The second Dialogue – “Issues in Management of Plant Genetic Resources” was organized by Society during December 1-2, 1998, New Delhi.

Dr B.P. Pal Memorial Lectures

The first Dr B.P. Pal Memorial lecture was delivered by Dr R.S. Paroda, the then Regional Plant Production and Protection Officer at FAO Regional Office for Asia and Pacific, Bangkok Thailand, during the first Dialogue, which was held on December 1-2, 1993 on “Plant Genetic Resources in India-Developing National Policy Options”.

The second Dr B.P. Pal Memorial lecture was delivered by Dr Mangala Rai, Deputy Director General (Crops), ICAR Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi, on “Issues in Management of Plant Genetic Resources” on December 1-2, 1998. The lecture covered wide range of issue viz., importance of PGR in social-economic development, threats to PGR, global instruments associated with conservation and use of PGR and the socialeconomic and ethical issues. The text of the lecture was also published and distributed by the Society.

Conferences, Symposia, Workshops

  1. The ISPGR actively contributed to the deliberations of the Second Crop Science Congress and also organized a Satellite Symposium in November 1996, New Delhi.
  2. The Society was a member of the confederation that jointly organized the International Conference on Managing Natural Resources in the 21st Century held during 14-18 February, 2000, at New Delhi and organized a Session and Keynote Address on PGR/Agrobiodiversity.
  3. In the first Indian Science Congress of the New Millennium (88th session), held in January, 2001, New Delhi, the Society made significant impact on the deliberations on Household Food, Nutrition and Environmental Security.
  4. Symposium on Plant Genetic Resources Management: Advances and Challenges organized by the Society during 1-4 August, 2001, New Delhi.
  5. National Conference on Transgenics in Indian Agriculture was organized by Society in collaboration with ICAR and NBPGR during 9-10 March, 2004, New Delhi.
  6. International Symposium on Introduction Achievements and Opportunities in South Asia was organized by Society in collaboration with NBPGR during 15-17 February, 2005, New Delhi.
  7. ISPGR celebrated the Birth Centenary of Late Dr. B.P. Pal by joint organization of the Symposium  on Search for New Genes held on September 1-3, 2006, at National Academy of Agricultural Science, New Delhi. The then Hon’ble President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam inaugurated the celebrations.

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