Agricultural Fair


                                                        Agricultural Fair                                              




  

On late December, 2016, an indoor fair reflecting scientific and research achievements of VRU's agriculture professors and postgraduate students was set up at this faculty.

 

The three-day event convened across four pavilions which included:

1) Biotechnology students association:

At this pavilion, article abstracts, books, translations and dissertations authored by VRU faculty members and the postgraduates alike from the field of biotechnology and plant breeding were put on display. Other major activities of the association include:
  • Displaying samples of cherry tissue culture, UCb1 pistachio sapling, Damask rose, and pear   
  • A scientific contest on plant tissue recognition attended by a large number of BS and MS students.
  •  Launching of a tissue culture workshop By Mr Bahrampour attended by VRU students.


 
 

2) Horticultural science association:
 
An exciting event at this pavilion was to display a sample
of the purportedly oldest living being on earth, the Abarkuh Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) which is located in the central Iranian Yazd province.
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupressus_sempervirens)

This cypress which is 25 meters tall, 18 meters in perimeter and a circumference of 11.5 meters, has been known as a rich source of disease-resistant genes.  The seeds of Abarkuh Cypress do not easily lend themselves to regrowth and need to be manipulated by state of the art methods in biotechnology. Dr Karimi, VRU's faculty member from the department of horticultural science has managed to enable the propogation of this valuable plant through the so-called "embryo rescue technique".
 




3) Plant pathology association:

One outstanding achievement at this pavilion was the production of an organic fertilizer by VRU's Dr Alaie and his students through a specific type of Antagonist fungi (Trichoderma). Trichoderma gives rise to plant growth and harnesses plant pathogens.

 

4) Water engineering association:

Unrestrained extraction of groundwater resources through powerful motor pumps and deep wells, drought, and human manipulation of the otherwise normal river currents have been recognized as three principal factors behind disrupting Iran's water security and balance. Aqueducts as an environment-friendly invention constructed adjacent to Iran's vastest central deserts have played the crucial role of counterbalancing water reservoirs for centuries. The balance of groundwater, however, have been upset by the emergence of industrial revolution and the expansion of deep wells, causing incremental lowering of water levels and the attrition of these aqueducts.  The water engineering pavilion has made a physical micro-model which simulates the physical processes of aqueducts and the horrendous impact of deep wells' motor pumps on parching aqueducts. This micro-model is capable of simple and conceptual simulation of rain effects, permeability and deep well pumping on Debi of water in aqueducts.


 
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