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Third International Conference on Plants and Environmental Pollution, India

More than 400 delegates, representing various disciplines of biology and environmental sciences, from 35 countries participated in the Third International Conference on Plants and Environmental Pollution (ICPEP-3) held at the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, November 28-December 2, 2005. The conference was organized by NBRI and the International Society of Environmental Botanists (ISEB) and co-sponsored by several national and international organizations. In his inaugural speech, His Excellency Shri T. V. Rajeswar, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, expressed his profound concern on the problem of environmental pollution. Dr. P. Pushpangadan, President ISEB and Director NBRI, welcomed the delegates and guests. Prof. S. V. Krupa, University of Minnesota, USA and Prof. J. N. B. Bell, Imperial College, London, U.K. were the guests of honor. A magnificent cultural program of music and dances was presented by the students of Bhatkhande Music University, Lucknow.

The scientific program included oral presentations (lead lectures and invited papers) in the following eight sessions: (1) Bioindication and bioremediation (2) Environment and biodiversity (3) Environmental education, mass awareness, and legislation (4) Environmental impact assessment (5) Environmental biotechnology (6) Contemporary environmental issues (7) Plant responses to environmental pollution and (8) Climate change, plant productivity, and food security. Presentation of posters was an integral component of the conference. More than one hundred papers were presented in the poster session. Dr. M.J. Sanz of Spain (Authors: M.J. Sanz and S. Krupa) and Ms. Sapna Awasthi of India (Authors: Nirmala Nautiyal and Sapna Awasthi) were awarded the first and second prizes for their posters. Three special lectures were delivered by Dr. P. Pushpangadan, Prof. Norman P.A. Huner, and Dr. H.M. Behl. Most of the technical sessions were held concurrently in two halls; the plenary and special lectures were presented in the auditorium.

A few companies and Public Sector Undertakings exhibited their latest products and services. They dealt with environmental and/or scientific equipment and chemicals. Some publishers displayed their various scientific books and journals. The conference dinner on November 30 at the Amrapali Entertainment City (Radhey Water Park) provided an excellent opportunity to spend some quality time with colleagues in a relaxed environment.

The conferees found ICPEP-3 to be a great meeting to network and learn from their colleagues from around the world. It was nice to see active student participation in this very well-organized conference. I was impressed by the high caliber of papers presented. The conference provided a unique opportunity to interact. The staff at the registration desk was very knowledgeable and helpful. The Organizing Committee is to be complimented for the excellent scientific program. The conference was scientifically and socially successful. The unparalleled Indian hospitality made it a memorable event for all of us. Thanks to Mrs. Sunita Sachdev and her son Arpit for giving me an excellent tour of this historic city. My stay in the City of Nawaabs was a pleasant experience. I am grateful to Dr. R. D. Tripathi and Dr. Kamla Kulshreshtha, Organizing Secretaries, for inviting me to present a paper and giving me the opportunity to chair a session.

The NBRI (http://www.nbri-lko.org/) is a premier multi-disciplinary, state-of-art plant research national institute under the umbrella of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. The ISEB (http://www.geocities.com/isebindia/), in collaboration with NBRI, has been organizing International Conferences on Plants and Environmental Pollution. The first two conferences were held on November 26-30, 1996 and February 4-9, 2002. The Society was founded in Lucknow on December 3, 1994 (Dr. P.V. Sane, President). It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. It has been actively engaged in promoting its objectives (research, education, and awareness on the role of plants in preserving our environment). It is a Scientific Member of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), Paris, France. Further information is available from Dr. K. J. Ahmad, Secretary, International Society of Environmental Botanists, National Botanical Research Institute, Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow-226001, U.P., India; E-mail: isebnbrilko@satyam.net.in .

Yash P. Kalra
Canadian Forest Service
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada