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Thiruvananthapuram: A biopesticide developed by the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI) from Cassava leaves would be officially launched on Tuesday.

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A team of researchers led by C.A. Jayaprakash, principal scientist and head of crop protection division of CTCRI, segregated the insecticidal compounds from bio-waste that subsequently helped in the formulation of the bio-pesticide.

Jayaprakash said that biopesticide ‘Nanma’ was useful against a spectrum of insect pests, like pseudo stem weevil (Odoiporuslongicollis) and rhizome weevil (Cosmopolites sordidus) in banana.

“Cassava leaf is a storehouse of protein and other nutrients; nevertheless, its toxic principles (cyanoglucosides) prevent its commercial exploitation as food, feed or allied products. Our team succeeded in separating the insecticidal principles from this bio-waste,” said Jayaprakash.

This new biopesticide is equally effective in killing the stem borer pests of other tree and fruit crops, including red palm weevil (Rhynchophorusferrugineus) that attacks coconut and several other palm trees.

The biopesticide has already been effectively put to use in three districts of Kerala.

The team has designed a pilot plant to scale up production of bioactive principles from Cassava, with technical support of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre here. The machine has since been installed at CTCRI.

CTCRI has also designed a new applicator (stem injection syringe) for banana plants to control pseudo stem weevil. A dose of 10 to 15 ml has to be injected 5 cm below the infested region (the region where the exudates come due to infestation by weevil).

(IANS)

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Scheduled Caste Converts to Christianity (SCCC) category to fill up 25 posts for Assistant Surgeons/Casualty Medical Officer in Kerala. Pixabay

Unable to get qualified personnel from the Scheduled Caste Converts to Christianity (SCCC) category to fill up 25 posts for Assistant Surgeons/Casualty Medical Officer, the Kerala Public Service Commission has issued notification, third since December 2014, inviting applications for the posts.

The notification has been issued by the Health Service Department and the pay scale is Rs 45,800-89,000.

The notification, titled Third NCA Notification or Third No Candidate Available Notification, was issued on July 27, 2019, with last date of application as August 29.

The first NCA notification was issued on December 26, 2014, and the second on December 30, 2016.

The No Candidate Available notification was issued after the state public service commission first advertised for the post among SCCC candidates in November 2011.

The latest notification reads: “The above vacancies are now in existence. The ranked list published by the commission as per this notification will be valid until candidates are advised and appointed against the vacancies earmarked for SCCC community but remain unfilled due to the paucity of the candidates during the currency of the ranked list published on 25.03.2013 for the post (Category No.567/2012, Gazette Date:19.11.2012).

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In Kerala, No Candidate Available notification was issued after the state public service commission first advertised for the post among SCCC candidates in November 2011. Pixabay

“This is the third NCA notification, published due to the non-availability of sufficient candidates belonging to the SCCC community for the post as per first NCA notification dated 26.12.2014 (Category No. 597/2014) and second NCA notification dated 30.12.2016 (Category No. 485/2016).”

It also says: “Direct recruitment (from candidates belonging to SCCC community only).

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“Note: Applications submitted by candidates belonging to communities other than the SCCC community will be summarily rejected. No rejection memo will be issued to such applications.” (IANS)