LAC insect Day: 78 students briefed on lac insect and its importance at PAU in Ludhiana
The department of entomology, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), on Monday observed first ‘National Lac insect Day’ under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-sponsored network project on conservation of lac insect genetic resources.
The day aims to raise awareness among students about lac insect and socio-economic importance of its cultivation. A total of 76 undergraduate and postgraduate students participated in the programme.
Senior entomologist and principal investigator of the project PS Shera said lac is natural, renewable, non-toxic, bio-degradable and eco-friendly resin of animal origin, secreted by a tiny scale insect commonly known as lac insect (Kerria lacca).
Shera also highlighted that lac is one of the most precious gifts of nature to mankind because of its innumerable uses in surface coating, adhesive, electrical, food, leather, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
Sudhendu Sharma, senior entomologist, delivered a lecture on the importance of commercial lac cultivation and its applications. A field visit to ‘Lac Insect and Host Park’ was also arranged.
An exhibition on lac products was organised in the lac insect museum at Dr Gurcharn Singh Kalkat Laboratories.
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