Plant Pathology department in AAU holds Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis workshop

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HT Correspondent

Jorhat, Aug 24: The Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agriculture, Assam Agricultural University (AAU), in collaboration with AIMIL Limited, Kolkata organised a first of its kind workshop in the region on Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis(NTA): A New Technique for Nanoparticle Characterisation and Aggregation Studies, on Thursday under the sponsorship of National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP)-ICAR.

The workshop was inaugurated by LC Bora, Professor and Head, Dept. of Plant Pathology. In the welcome address, he mentioned the importance of nanoscience in the agricultural domain and how it will aid in improvising the research and development, which will further be applicable in developing a technology for the farming communities.

Bora also mentioned that the nanolab of the University headed  Pranab Dutta is first of its kind in the whole Northeast, along with some national institutes, where scientists and students from different regional and national institutes are visiting for training or internship programme. Pranab Dutta, Scientist and organising secretary of the workshop said that altogether 22 nominated faculties and PG scholars from three colleges of AAU and a PhD scholar of NIT-Agartala attended the workshop. Dr. Suman Roy, AGM, AIMIL LTD., Kolkata headed the session accompanied by S. Banerjee, ABM,  Arindom Roy and  N. Das. They initiated through a quick presentation stating the principles, importance and versatile application of NTA system. They also provided hands on training to the participants. Dutta, in valedictory session mentioned that the new technique for nanoparticle characterisation and aggregation will definitely revolutionize in nanoscience, as both visualization and measurement of nanoparticle size (1onm -2000nm) and concentration (106-109 particles/ml) with fluorescence detection is possible within a short period.

It has multiple application like in development of drug delivery, vial vaccine research, nanotoxicology and biomarker detection, protein aggregation research, extracellular vesicle characterisation for various diseases state studies, etc.

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