The Vice Chancellor Government College University Faisalabad, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali inaugurated 5th Training Course on “Modern Techniques in Research on Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Plants” organized by Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB) Faisalabad. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest in his inaugural address appreciated the Research and Developmental activities of NIAB having great economic value and are in line with the dire need for food security of Pakistan. He suggested close cooperation between Government College University and NIAB and also announced that all NIAB Ph.D. scientists will be the adjunct faculty members of the university.
Dr. Muhammad Hamed, Director NIAB, welcomed and thanked the chief guest for gracing the occasion. Dr. Muhammad Yasin Ashraf T.I., Course Coordinator presented the objectives of the course, to disseminate the knowledge and to provide training to utilize different technologies developed by NIAB scientists to identify stress tolerant germplasm at seedling or later growth stages. Abiotic stresses such as drought, salinity, extremes in temperatures, heavy metals and radiation, etc. are the most important limiting factors for plant productivity. Due to which food, feed and raw material requirements of ever growing world population cannot be met. To overcome these limitations and for improvement in crop productivity, stress tolerant crop varieties have to be developed. Physiological, biochemical, carbon isotope discrimination (CID) and biotechnological techniques developed by NIAB scientist are helpful in developing high yielding stress tolerant crop cultivars. In addition, NIAB scientists have also introduced some shotgun approaches through which crop productivity can be enhanced under Abiotic stress conditions.
The purpose of training is to improve the scientific vision of young scientists and enhancing interaction and sharing of experiences between relevant researches institutes in the country. Thirty five young researchers from teaching and research institutions of the country are participating in this four day training course.
Chief Guest Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ali, also visited the insect Biocontrol Lab and NIAB experimental fields.