NEHU 14th International Symposium on “Buckwheat”

The Department of Botany, North Eastern Hill University, NEHU, Shillong is organizing 14th International Symposium on “Buckwheat” from Sept. 3-6, 2019.

Title : “Buckwheat”

About International Symposium :
The 14th international Symposium shall discuss on the current status of knowledge on the genus Fagopyrum as a model system for exploring the regulatory controls in such processes. With a focus on “Diversifying food systems for health and nutritional security” the Symposium will dwell upon issues related to intensifying the use of Buckwheat grains as a food crop so as to diversify the nutritional basket available to mankind. The symposium would also enhance our knowledge on regulatory controls associated with plant morphological evolution, barriers in sexual compatibility, synthesis and accumulation of bioactive molecules, in non model crop systems such as buckwheat.

Background :
Fagopyrum, an important non-poaceous pseudocereal belonging to the family Polygonaceae, is an economically crop with strong potential as a nutraceutical as well as a forage crop. Even though buckwheat is considered to be a minor crop, it is an indispensable food in the temperate and hill regions of India, China, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, parts of Eastern Europe, Canada, Japan, Korea and Nepal. The plant is a rich source of nutraceutical compounds including vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, dietary fibre, rutin and trace elements. Buckwheat flour is one of the best sources of high-quality proteins in the plant kingdom. While the presence of anti-nutritional factors including tannins and protease inhibitors confers low digestibility to buckwheat protein, absence of gluten in buckwheat flour enhances its potential use in gluten-free diets. Buckwheat flour is also known to reduce and stabilize blood sugar levels following meals, a key factor in preventing diabetes and obesity. The hypoglycemic effect of buckwheat flour has been attributed to the presence of the rare carbohydrate compounds called “Fagopyritols” (especially D-chiro-inositol), of which buckwheat is by far the richest food source, yet discovered. Despite several reports on the beneficial effects of buckwheat in prevention of human diseases, little attention has been devoted to the variability of biochemical and physiological traits in different buckwheat genetic resources. The idea of producing functional food using buckwheat seeds and plants sets new breeding targets such as high levels of bioactive compounds. While the genus Fagopyrum is comprised of both self- as well as cross- pollinated species, the occurrence of dimorphic heterostyly renders some of the species self incompatible. This necessitates investigation of the molecular mechanisms involving self-incompatibility processes.

Technical Sessions :
Sessions : Name
Session I : Germplasm resources, Evolution and Developmental Biology
Session II : Genetics, Breeding and Molecular Biology
Session III : Bioactive molecules in Buckwheat
Session IV : Metabolite engineering for value addition
Session V : Physiology and cultivation practices
Session VI : Processing technology and buckwheat as a Functional food
Session VII : Buckwheat in human Health

Call for Papers :
Authors are invited to submit full papers for consideration (maximum 12 Pages). Submission of paper must be original and should not have been previously published or under consideration for publication. All accepted papers will be sent for peer review and the corresponding author will be notified of the outcome of the review process.

How to apply :
Interested candidate need to submit paper online through official website or link given below

Registration fee :
1. Registration fee for full delegates :
Early bird payment : US$ 300.00
Late registration : US$ 350.00
2. Participants from SARC countries :
Early bird payment : US$ 200.00
Late registration : US$ 250.00
3. Students :
Early bird payment : US$ 200.00
Late registration : US$ 250.00
4. Accompanying persons :
Early bird payment : US$ 250.00
Late registration : US$ 300.00

Important Dates :
Symposium date : September 3-6, 2019
Field tour to : Kaziranga National Park, September 7-8, 2019
Brain storming session : September 9, 2019 at Biodiversity International, New Delhi
Abstract submission deadline : June 29, 2019
Last Date of Early Registration : June 29, 2019

Venue : Department of Botany, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong

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