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Head of Department Message

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the website of Department of Plant Biotechnology, ASAB, NUST. Our slogan is Green Pakistan with Pathogen Free Crops. The field of Plant Biotechnology (Green Biotechnology) is undoubtedly one of the most exciting and rewarding areas of study available to students in the twenty first century. It is a multidisciplinary field that integrates different principles including; Molecular Plant Virology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Medicinal Plants, Plant Immunology, Plant Breeding, Phylogenetics and Mycoviruses to form a coherent background for providing state of the art facilities and training at graduate and post graduate level. The research culture and academic environment at Department of Plant Biotechnology facilitate the research scholars to show and groom their talent, provide opportunities to outshine their abilities and help them to become professionals who can serve the nation at their turn.

Pakistan is an agricultural country. The most important crops are wheat, sugarcane, cotton, and rice, which together account for more than 75% of the value of total crop output. Both yield and quality of cash and food crops are compromised due to the infestation of Insect pests. Also, the rate of increase in population is also not comparable to production of these crops. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to develop resistant and high yielding varieties of economically important crops to foster the needs of the rapidly growing population. Our researches are focused to deal with national issues on food security, high yield and resistant varieties through modern molecular and breeding programs.

In addition, our department is running a comprehensive project on “Collection of indigenous medicinal plants from Northern areas and Desert (Cholistan) that will lead to the establishment of “NUST Medicinal Park” on NUST campus, Sector H-12, Islamabad. These plants are known from ages as an effective source for treatment. Their extracts and subsequent fractions are being subjected to pharmacological screening against various diseases. Our research (ethno-botanical data) has identified indigenous species of genus Artemisia to be effective against various ailments including Malaria. We are actively pursuing phytochemical characterization of these indigenous Artemisia species employing molecular procedures.

Dr. Muhammad Tahir
(HoD Plant Biotechnology)