Department of Agricultural Microbiology


Background

Department of Agricultural Microbiology (AMB) was established in December 2017. It was subsequently composed of the subject group of Agriculture Environment under the framework of credit system of Yezin Agricultural University. Currently, the department is being under equipped with laboratory facilities.

Vision/ Objective

To impart and maintain quality in education, research and extension activities in the field of Agricultural Microbiology

Mandate

To train students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to expertize in microbial technology and strengthen the capacity of research

The priority areas include:
  • Climate change, its impact on beneficial soil microflora and mitigation of climate change by exploiting microbes
  • Soil and plant disease management through bioinoculants
  • Identification of indigenous microbes
  • Rapid composting of bio-solid waste using microbial consortia
  • Small/Large scale production and distribution of microbial inoculants
  • Documentation of microbial diversity

Plan for Facilities

  • Standard laboratory
  • Preparatory lab
  • Molecular biology lab
  • Bioinoculants production unit
  • Composting unit for bio-solid wastes
  • Experiment and lecture room
  • Green house

Dr. Yu Yu Min
Professor
Head of Department
Ph.D (Plant Nematology, Microbiology)
email:dr.yuyumin@yau.edu.mm

U Tin Htun Naing
Lecturer
M.Sc (Soil and Water Science)

U Thu Htet Naing
Demonstrator
B.Agr.Sc (Q) (Plant Pathology and Microbiology)

Subjects offered from the department are interdisciplinary courses related to agricultural sciences. Basic and fundamental of Microbiology are offered to undergraduate students. The basic structure and biology of microorganisms will be covered, with a focus on bacteria, protozoa, viruses and fungi. This subject introduces students are introduced to the diverse world of microbiology and the roles that microorganisms play in all aspects of agriculture, including animal, plant and soil science. Meanwhile the whole scheme of curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate courses is being under construction.

Students

• Two postgraduate students from Tokyo University of Agriculture and technology (TUAT) were joined under the short term student exchange program between YAU and TUAT. They conducted part of their graduation research; effect green manure and root exduates on nematode hatching efficacy and isolation of nematophagus fungi at the department from Dec 2019 – Feb 2020.
• At present, we accept five undergraduate students to study in the field of microbiology.

Undergraduate courses in credit hour saving system

No

Code

Course Title

Compulsory/

Selective

Credit

Semester

1

AMB- 101

Introduction to Microbiology

C

2

4

 

2

AMB -102

General Agricultural  Microbiology

C/S

3

5

 

3

AMB -103

Applied Microbiology 1

 

C/S

3

6

4

AMB -104

Microbial Techniques 1

 

C/S

3

6

5

AMB -105

Applied Microbiology 2

 

C/S

3

7

6

AMB -106

Microbial Techniques 2

 

C/S

3

7

7

AMB -107

Microbial Genetics

 

C/S

3

8

8

AMB -108

Bio control Agents and  Microbial Techniques 3

C/S

3

8

9

AMB -109

Special Topics 1

C/S

3

9

 

10

AMB -110

Special Topic 2

C/S

3

9

 

11

AMB -111

Special Topic 2

C/S

3

9

 

12

AMB -131

Scientific writing

C

1

6,7,8

 

13

AMB -132

Presentation practice skill

C

1

6,7,8

 

14

AMB -133

Special research group

C

8

6,7,8

 

15

AMB-134

Special field Assignment

 

C

1

9

16

GAG-135

General Agriculture

 

C

3

9

17

AMB-136

Internship

 

C

7

10

Present activities

• Collections of Azotobacter, Trichoderma, Apsergillus, Penicillum, Rhizobium and Mycorrhiza from rhizosphera soils
• Isolation of nematophagus fungi and its suppressive efficacy on nematode hatching
• Cultivation of Azolla and its utilization on crop production
Extension Training, seminars and other services
• Demonstration of biofertilizers, application of biocontrol agents and composting inoculum
• Training programs on production of bioagents for farmers and stakeholders
• Organizing meetings and seminar for microbiology and efficient dissemination of technologies on biofertilizer production and recycling of crop residues
• Consultancy services are provided to farmers and entrepreneurs
• Offering services for microbial analysis of plant, soil, water, biofertilizer and food samples

No. Project Leader Funding Agency
1. Occurrence and distribution of Pigeon pea cyst nematode in major sesame growing areas in Myanmar Dr. Yu Yu Min JICA
2. Screening of potential biocontrol agents (Trichoderma spp.) from soil Dr. Yu Yu Min YAU
3. Evaluation of Azolla on rice root rot nematode disease and its impact on yield Dr. Yu Yu Min YAU

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