Tissue Culture Laboratory established at NARC in 1982 is known to be the pioneer tissue culture facility in the country with emphasis on pre-basic virus-free potato seed and producing clones of other crops like, date palm, rice, carnation and banana. The laboratory earned a name in production of disease-free potato seed and banana plants. Later, the lab was upgraded and renamed as Plant Biotechnology Program and it was merged with the National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology (NIGAB) recently. NIGAB has been strengthened by consolidation of the available expertise presently scattered at National Agricultural Research Centre and foreign qualified scientists in the subject have been pulled from various programs.
National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology (NIGAB) has been established at NARC and it has two separate components; Plant Biotechnology Program, and Animal Biotechnology Program. Scientists have been engaged in planning and execution of research projects and building of infrastructure. Regular training and interaction of scientists with national as well as international research and academic establishments is integral part of the planning. Main thrust of the Institute is to develop environmentally safe local crop genotypes with economically important traits. Marker-assisted breeding and QTL mapping is another area of our research priority. Characterization of economically important microbes with the objective to identify and preserve this bio-resource has also been initiated recently in the name of National Culture Collection of Pakistan (NCCP).
|Presently, the NIGAB has its own physical infrastructure & human resource. it is engaged in modern research technologies and problem-oriented research objectives. Cutting edge technologies used in the area of DNA recombination, transcriptomics, proteomics marker-assisted breeding and genetic transformation is being employed for gene isolation, diagnostic tests and production of transgenic plants.|