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རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་སའི་ཞབས་ཏོག་ལྟེ་བ། སོ་ནམ་ལས་ཁུངས། སོ་ནམ་དང་སྒོ་ནོར་ལྷན་ཁག།

National Soil Services Centre, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock

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རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་སའི་ཞབས་ཏོག་ལྟེ་བ། སོ་ནམ་ལས་ཁུངས། སོ་ནམ་དང་སྒོ་ནོར་ལྷན་ཁག།

National Soil Services Centre, Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock

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རྒྱལ་ཡོངས་སའི་ཞབས་ཏོག་ལྟེ་བ།

སོ་ནམ་ལས་ཁུངས། སོ་ནམ་དང་སྒོ་ནོར་ལྷན་ཁག།

National Soil Services Centre

Department of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture & Livestock

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The laboratory-based hands-on training on Soil Microbiology was conducted mainly to address the limited hands-on knowledge and skills of the laboratory staff in the given field to ensure the full operationalization of the newly established Soil Microbiology Laboratory located at the National Soil Services Centre (NSSC), Simtokha. Moreover, the National Mushroom Centre (NMC) staff also expressed their interest in joining the training as they found it pertinent to their occupation. Accordingly, the 10 days of training commenced on 21st March 2024 and ended on 3rd April 2024 at Soil Microbiology Laboratory, Simtokha with a facilitator (Mr Karma Wangchuk) from the College of Natural Resources (CNR).

The primary objective of conducting the training was to facilitate and enhance laboratory equipment operational experience, receive hands-on training in soil microbiology techniques, gain proficiency pertinent to soil microbial research and learn the basics of microbial genomic analysis, sequencing and bioinformatics analysis.

The hands-on training program comprised a combination of theoretical lectures, laboratory exercises, and fieldwork. The theoretical sessions encompassed lectures on general microbiology techniques and molecular techniques. Whereas fieldwork comprises sample collection from the field for microbial analysis. Laboratory activities include isolation and identification of bacteria from collected samples, preparation of pure culture, DNA extraction, amplification and bioinformatic analysis of DNA. During this process, the trainees were trained to operate the sophisticated equipment. 

As anticipated, this training played a prominent role in acquiring proficiency in basic microbiological techniques and deepened the understanding and knowledge of the employment of molecular techniques for studying microbial communities in agricultural settings. Furthermore, it helped to develop the ability to utilize microbiome analysis tools and techniques to assess microbial communities in soil, plants, and water, and understand their implications for agricultural practices and ecosystem health.

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