• Hon’ble Lyonpo meets Swedish Special Representative for Environment Issues

    unnamedNovember 19, Thimphu: The Special Representative for Environment Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Lena Ek called on the Hon’ble Lyonpo, Yeshey Dorji. They discussed on the environmental conversation initiatives, river systems, wildlife and agriculture farming among others.

    The Special Representative also expressed the Swedish interest of collaboration in areas like forestry and agro-forestry in the future. She was accompanied by Mikael Johansson, the Second Secretary from the Embassy of Sweden based at New Delhi.

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  • SAP awarding ceremony for pot and herbal gardening winners held

    for web 1November 19, Thimphu: In an award ceremony, the Director General for Department of School Education, Mr. Karma Yeshey congratulated 14 Thimphu Thomde Schools for initiating the pot garden and strengthening the herbal garden concept as a part of the School Agriculture Programme (SAP).

    The Director General said that pot gardening is one of the concepts that is encouraging in schools where they do not have sufficient garden area. In such situation, students still can practice the gardening and instill the knowledge and skills of gardening that is very much part of wholesome education policy. He also acknowledged the participating schools for imparting the knowledge of herbal gardening to students that used to be the knowledge only to the National Institute of Traditional Medicine in the past. Although Bhutan was known by “Lhodzong Menzong”, many people do not know many herbal and medicinal plants that are around us.

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  • CSWS Non-respondent civil servants

    This is to apprise all civil servants under Ministry of Agriculture and Forests that the Royal Civil Service Commission vide letter no. RCSC/PPD/WU-3/2015/1282 dated 12th November 2015 has provided the list of civil servants (attached) under this Ministry who has not yet responded to Civil Service Welfare Scheme (CSWS) Membership despite several notifications by the Ministry and the Royal Civil Service Commission.

    In this regard, all non-respondent civil servants under this Ministry are requested to complete the following options latest by 20th December 2015 and submit to HR Division, MoAF for further submission to RCSC:

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  • Molecular Mapping and Genetic Characterization of Rust Resistance in Wheat

    Friday seminar on 27th November 2015:
    Venue: RDC Yusipang.


    The first aspect of this investigation covers QTL analysis of triple rust resistance segregating among W195/BT-Schomburgk Selection (BTSS) recombinant inbred line (RIL) population. Three QTL each for stripe rust (QYr.sun-3BS; QYr.sun-4DL; QYr.sun-7AS), leaf rust (QLr.sun-2BS; QLr.sun-3BS; QLr.sun-4DL) and stem rust (QSr.sun-2BL; QSr.sun-4DL; QSr.sun-6AS) resistance were identified. QYr.sun-3BS, QYr.sun-4DL, QLr.sun-4DL and QSr.sun-4DL were contributed by W195, whereas other QTL were contributed by the alternate parent BTSS.

    QTL analysis was followed by detailed characterization of the resistance loci. QYr.sun-3BS explained 34-59% phenotypic variation and was chosen for characterisation at different growth stages and temperature regimes. It expressed well at the 4th leaf stage at a higher than normal temperature (21±2 ºC) for stripe rust growth. This locus was formally named Yr58. The co-located QTL for stripe rust, leaf rust and stem rust resistance in chromosome 4DL was demonstrated to correspond to the pleiotropic adult plant resistance (APR) locus Yr46/Lr67/Sr55 through linked marker genotyping. Yr58 produced infection type 23C when present singly and in the presence of Yr46 it produced infection type; 1N.These results demonstrated the interaction of APR gene Yr46in improving expression of the middle stage resistance gene Yr58. QLr.sun-2BS and QSr.sun-6AS were confirmed to be Lr23 and Sr8a, respectively,through seedling tests using relevant pathotypes. QYr.sun-7AS, QLr.sun-3BS, QSr.sun-2BL appear to be unique APR loci and need to be characterised in detail.

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  • World Antibiotic Awareness Week

    unnamed16-22 November: 16 November 2015 marks the launch of the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week to raise awareness of best practice for using antibiotics and reduce the risks of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics and to prolong their effectiveness.

    The responsible and prudent use of antibiotics, in both people and animals, is crucial, not only in the interests of human health but also for animal health and animal welfare. To mark this special week, the OIE is making publicly available a dedicated internet portal, along with new posters and infographics, to enable national authorities, veterinarians, breeders and animal owners to take a more effective role in counteracting the major threat to public health posed by antimicrobial resistance.

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