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National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology

ACTIVITIES

  • Developing gene transformation system in rice and wheat.

  • Development of hybrid cotton seed production through the use of gametocides and cytoplasmic male sterile system

  • Genetic improvement of wheat and rice for drought and salt tolerance through marker-assisted selection and genetic transformation.

  • DNA finger printing of traditional and improved cultivars of wheat and rice.

  • Identification and functional characterization of salinity and drought-responsive genes in rice and wheat in comparison with Salicornia.

  • Molecular characterization of Pakistani wheat varieties for rust resistance and flowering time genes.

  • Quantitative trait loci mapping for rust resistance and salinity tolerance in wheat.

  • Validation of DNA markers for sex determination in Papaya.

  • Genetic transformation of potato for induction of disease resistance against fungal pathogens and production of disease free potato seed through tissue culture.

  • Genetic transformation of tomato for cold tolerance

  • Mass production of virus-free banana plants through tissue culture.

  • Identification and molecular characterization of rice pathogenic and/or growth promoting microbes.

PROJECTS

 

S. No

Research proposals

Funds/ Funding agency

Status

1.

Marker Assisted Selection & Genomic Studies On Stress Tolerance in Wheat And Rice.

 

I) Screening and evaluation of wheat and rice germplasm for salt tolerance is using microsatellite markers.

PI. Dr. Shahid Masood

 

II) Identification and incorporation of stress (salt and drought) tolerant genes in wheat and rice.

PI Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali

Rs. 71.785 million / RADP

Approved

2007-2012

2.

Development of Bt transgenic and colored cotton in Pakistan in collaboration with China

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali

Rs. 35.46 million

PSDP

Approved

2009-2011

3.

Cotton hybrid seed production

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali

Rs.18.10 million

RADP

Approved

2010-2013

4.

Accelerated development of hybrid cotton seed production

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali

Rs.109.10 million

PSDP

Approved

2010-2013

5.

Genetic manipulation for induction of resistance against fungal diseases and potato seed production.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Iqbal Hussain

Rs. 14.800 million / RADP funding

Approved

2009-2011

6.

Hybrid Plant Production Through Embryo Rescue Crops: Wheat, maize, rice, Cotton, canola and sunflower.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Iqbal Hussain

Rs. 5.600 million /

RADP Funded

Approved

2009-2011

7.

Pak-China Joint Venture for Mass Propagation of High Yielding Banana Germplasm and its Evaluation in the Field.

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Aish Muhammad

Rs. 19.360 million / PSDP

Approved

2009-2011

8.   

Genetic transformation of chickpea for abiotic stresses tolerance

Principal Investigator: Dr. Shaukat Ali

Rs. 3.00 million

ALP

Submitted on

31-03-2010

9.

Genetic transformation of groundnut for herbicide tolerance

Co. P.I: Dr. Shaukat Ali

Rs. 37.0 million

PARB

Approved

2009-2011

 

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