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SST 604 DUS TESTING FOR PLANT VARIETY PROTECTION                                                                               (2L +1P) I

Objective
To provide a comprehensive understanding of DUS testing, its conduct and significance to PVP.

Theory

UNIT I
Genesis of plant variety protection (PVP); International Union for Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) and its functions; General agreements on Tariff and Trades (GATT) agreement in relation to protection of plant varieties; Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV &FR) Act, 2001; PPV&FR rules, 2003.

UNIT II
Criteria for protection of new varieties of plants; principles and procedures of Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) testing; test guidelines, planting material, duration, testing options, varieties of common knowledge, reference collection, grouping of varieties, types and categories of characters; technical questionnaire.

UNIT III
Assessment of DUS characters based on morphological, biochemical and molecular markers; statistical procedures; computer software for use in DUS testing; impact of PVP on growth of seed industry; practical exercise of DUS testing in rice, wheat, pearl- millet, maize, rose and cauliflower.

Practicals
Morphological description of plant parts and plant; character expression and states, recording observation and interpretation of data; chemical tests and markers applicable for DUS tests and case study of selected crops.

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