Two PhD scholars in the Department of Nano Science and Technology of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) here have been awarded the Prime Minister Fellowship (PMF). The PMF is given to those who pursue their doctoral programs in cutting-edge technologies involving industries and academia to provide dual benefits to emerging scientists in the educational institutes.
D Pradeep and S Shanmugapriya are the scholars, a press release from TNAU said on Thursday. They are intended to research the nano-fertilizer formulation for drone-enabled smart delivery systems and nano-bio hybrids to manage plant nematode–fungal pathogens, the release said.
D Pradeep is working on reducing the amount of fertilizer used by the farmers as it contaminates the soil and water bodies. His research topic is “Nano-fertiliser formulation for the drone-enabled smart delivery system.” Through aerial spray of fertilisers using drone-enabled delivery systems, the amount of fertiliser required can be brought down and plants can absorb the fertiliser through its leaves,” said Pradeep.
S Shanmugapriya, whose research topic is “Nano-bio hybrid to manage plant nematode – fungal pathogens” also got the fellowship. Her research work is on identifying biodegradable molecules as active ingredients for vegetable plants that neutralise nematode or warm and fungal pathogens using nano–bio-hybrid technology. “Such active ingredients are selected in such a way that it will not affect the human body,” she said.
The PMRF scheme was designed to improve the quality of research in higher educational institutions by attracting the best talent into research. Those selected under the fellowship are eligible to get a fellowship of Rs 70,000 per month for the next four years. Besides this, a research grant of Rs 2 lakh per year will be provided to each.
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