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CSIR-IIHR to hold pesticide residue analytical tech training in April
Thursday, 05 March, 2020, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
CSIR-Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR) will conduct training on advances in pesticide residue analytical techniques in the food safety referral lab on its campus on April 8 and 9, 2020.
 
According to the organisers, the last date of applications is March 28, 2020. The training fee is Rs 10,000. This includes accommodation and food for both the days.

The course directors are Dr Debi Sharma and Dr Partha P Choudhury who are principal scientists in the Division of Biochemistry. The coordination team comprises Dr C K Narayana, chief executive officer, BESST HORT; Vaibhav B S, Dr Shivagangavva P D, Nandini C L, Shyam Kumar K J, Prasanna R and Nitesh.
 
The event is organised by the Business Entrepreneurship and Start-up Support through technology in Horticulture (BESST-HORT), a TBI (technology business incubator) of ICAR-IIHR.

Pesticide residues are the single most important component determining the safety of fresh and processed fruits and vegetables. FSRL has an advanced pesticide residue lab, which analyses stakeholders’ samples, apart from carrying out research in the field.
 
One of the major objectives of FSRL is to conduct trainings for various government or non-government officials on food safety analysis. The training will include all aspects of pesticide residue analysis, sample preparation, determination, trouble-shooting, single residue methods, lab accreditation, etc.
 
The objective of the training is encourage the small scale units to get into testing the residue analysis techniques.
 
Those eligible for the training are R&D staff, non-governmental labs and post-graduate students of chemistry, among other related researchers. It will equip the candidate to train as an analyst in a food lab.

It will also empower one with the insight and knowledge regarding setting up of a laboratory. It will acquaint the participants with advanced techniques of pesticide residue analysis following QuEChERS method, using GCMS and LCMS.

The training includes basic knowledge of the validation of analytical methods and accreditation of laboratories.
 
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