It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you all to the Department of Plant Biotechnology in ASAB, NUST. Our slogan is 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 cutting edge field of sciences like Molecular biology, Plant Pathology, Plant virology, Medicinal Plants, Plant Immunology, Plant Breeding, Phylogenetics, Mycoviruses, Plant functional genomics, etc., 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 famous as 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 different parts of Pakistan that will lead to the on campus research on medicinal plants. 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 Qasim Hayat
(HoD Plant Biotechnology)