Dr. M. Maheswari, who superannuated as Ex Director of CRIDA has been appointed as Adjunct Faculty for the year 2021-22 has delivered a guest lecture on “Phenotyping and Physiological Strategies for enhancing crop tolerance to Abiotic stress” in the ICAR Smart Class room on 12.10.2021 from 2.00 to 5.00 PM. The lecture was organized by the Department of Crop Physiology. Dr. C. Narendra Reddy, Associate Dean, addressed the gathering and welcomed Dr. M. Maheswari as Adjunct Faculty in the University. Dr. T. Ramesh, Professor and University Head, Department of Crop Physiology gave the welcome address. The lecture was interdisciplinary nature and involved the Departments of Crop Physiology, Agronomy, Genetics and Plant Breeding. Staff from Departments of Plant Pathology, English and Horticulture also participated. Staff from ICAR institutes like CRIDA and Retired Professor Dr. K. Jeevan Rao from Soil Science Department also participated. Dr. M. Maheswari in her lecture enlightened about various abiotic stresses encountered by plants and emphasized on the importance of phenotyping of various traits conferring tolerance for screening large populations for abiotic stress. Further, identification of surrogate traits through NMR, IR spectral imaging, chlorophyll fluorescence techniques were highlighted as these traits can effectively be utilized for studies of phenomics. The lecture was followed by an interactive session with the faculty and students for identifying the research gaps, promotion of phenomics and formulation of research project proposals.