INSTITUTE OF P.B.B

Introduction
Mission
Vision
Research Activities
Submitted Projects
Published Manuscripts
Introduction

The Institute of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology (IPBB) at MNS-UAM offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in the subjects of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Seed Science and Technology, and Biotechnology. The institute was established with the aim of developing improved crop varieties and improving seed systems through the integration of conventional plant breeding techniques with modern biotechnological tools. The institute has qualified faculty actively involved in developing latest curriculum and promoting effective research and development activities in the University. The institute is running a number of research projects funded by national and international funding agencies including Agricultural Development Program (ADP), Govt. of the Punjab, Punjab Agricultural Research Board (PARB), Higher Education Commission (HEC), Agricultural Linkages Program (ALP), DFID, ACIAR and USAID. The institute has also initiated outreach program for establishing linkages between the farming community, industry and the researchers to solve the problems of the stakeholders. The institute frequently arranges seminars, conferences and workshops to discuss burning issues of agriculture and also to bring new research ideas for the young faculty and postgraduate students.

Mission

Improvement in Plant Breeding System through integrating conventional plant breeding techniques and modern biotechnological tools, Seed Production and Supply System, and good agriculture practices at farmer’s field to obtain high yield of better quality produce to ensure food security.

Vision

To produce skilled human resource in conventional and advanced techniques of plant breeding, seed science and biotechnology to meet the needs of breeding systems, seed industry, and farming community.

Research Activities

Completed Projects

1. Title Vegetable Nursery Production and Supply system for kitchen gardening
Project worth                PKR 0.3 million
Duration 02 years
Starting date 2017
Date of completion 2019
Funding Agency AIP
Principal Investigator    Dr. Asif Ali

 

2. Title Improvement in breeding and seed production system of fodder crops
Project worth                PKR 9.472 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2016
Date of completion 2019
Funding Agency Punjab Government
Principal Investigator    Dr. Hammad Nadeem Tahir

 

3. Title Screening of genotypes with improved phosphorus uptake using symbiotic fungus in cotton
Project worth                PKR 0.5 million
Duration 01 years
Starting date 2017
Date of completion 2018
Funding Agency HEC
Principal Investigator    Dr. Muhammad Salman

 

4. Title IP Policy and legal framework for commercialization (Auction) of crop varieties /hybrids developed by the public sector institution
Project worth                PKR 0.8 million
Duration 06 months
Starting date 2016
Date of completion 2017
Funding Agency USPCAS-USAID
Principal Investigator    Dr. Asif Ali

 

5. Title Identification of inter/intra specific breeding lines tolerant to cotton leaf curl disease and finding out impacts of this disease on polygenic traits of upland cotton
Project worth             PKR 0.5 million
Duration 01 year
Starting date 2016
Date of completion 2017
Funding Agency HEC
Principal Investigator    Dr. Wajid Nazeer

 

Ongoing Projects

1. Title Hybrid wheat for Food Security
Project worth                £ 86,300
Duration 05 years
Starting date 2015
Date of completion 2020
Funding Agency DFID
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

 

2. Title

Commissioned Research for Development of Cotton Seed

Project worth                PKR 92.185 million
Duration 05 years
Starting date 2016
Date of completion 2021
Funding Agency Punjab Government
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

 

3. Title Increasing productivity and profitability of pulse production in cereal based cropping systems in Pakistan
Project worth                AUS D 2.313
Duration 04 years
Starting date 2016
Date of completion 2020
Funding Agency ACIAR
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

 

4. Title Climate resilient and bio fortified maize germplasm evaluation and dissemination by MNSUA maize program
Project worth                $ 3,338
Duration 02 years
Starting date 2016
Date of completion 2018
Funding Agency AIP, USAID
Principal Investigator    Mr. Babar Farid

 

5. Title Development of drought and heat tolerant wheat germplasm by dynamic assembly of leaf surface structural traits to self-irrigate with fog water
Project worth                $ 74,923
Duration 02 years
Starting date 2017
Date of completion 2019
Funding Agency USAID
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

 

6. Title Optimization of callus induction and somatic embryogenesis response in Cotton
Project worth                PKR 0.5  million
Duration 01 years
Starting date 2018
Date of completion 2018
Funding Agency HEC
Principal Investigator    Dr. Ummara Waheed

 

7. Title Breeding soybean for adaptation and high yield in current scenario of climate change in Punjab
Project worth                PKR 44.743 million
Duration 05 years
Starting date 2018
Date of completion 2023
Funding Agency PARB
Principal Investigator    Dr. Hammad Nadeem Tahir

 

8. Title Improving Yield, Drought and Salinity Tolerance in Wheat through GA-Sensitive Dwarfing Gene System
Project worth                PKR 47.189 million
Duration 05 years
Starting date 2018
Date of completion 2023
Funding Agency PARB
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

 

9. Title CRISPR/Cas-based multiplexed genome editing to suppress cotton leaf curl virus in plant
Project worth                PKR 0.5 million
Duration 09 months
Starting date 2018
Date of completion 2019
Funding Agency HEC
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulqurnain Khan

 

Submitted Projects

Submitted Projects

1. Title CRISPR/Cas-based Targeted Gene Modifications of Trehalase Enzyme for Developing Drought Resistance Wheat
Project worth                PKR 05 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency ALP
Principal Investigator    Dr. Ummara Waheed

 

2. Title Production of Newcastle disease virus (NDV) vaccine in transgenic Maize
Project worth                PKR 06 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency PSF
Principal Investigator    Dr. Ummara Waheed

 

3. Title Pyramiding of high yielding traits in whitefly tolerant cotton plants
Project worth                PKR 19.938 million
Duration 05 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2023
Funding Agency PARB
Principal Investigator    Dr. M. Abu Bakar Saddique

 

4. Title Genetic Transformation of Cotton with Cyanobacterial Genes for Enhanced Photosynthesis and Productivity
Project worth                PKR 17.756 million
Duration 03 year
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency PARB
Principal Investigator    Dr. Ummara Waheed

 

5. Title

Developing broad-spectrum resistance against cotton leaf curl disease using multiplex gene targeting technology

Project worth             PKR 21.892 million
Duration 03 year
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency PARB
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulqurnain Khan

 

6. Title

CRISPR/Cas-based multiplexed genome editing to suppress cotton leaf curl virus in plant

Project worth                PKR 0.5 million
Duration 01 years
Starting date 2018
Date of completion 2019
Funding Agency HEC
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulqurnain Khan

 

7. Title

Genetic Transformation of Wheat with Cyanobacterial Genes for Enhanced Photosynthesis and Productivity

Project worth                PKR 1.5 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency International Foundation For Science (IFS)
Principal Investigator    Dr. Ummara Waheed

 

8. Title

Sugarcane improvement through tissue culture technology by enhancing the sucrose contents and cane yield

Project worth                PKR. 5.3 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency SRDB
Principal Investigator    Ms. Plosha Khanum

 

9. Title Exploiting sugarcane tissue culture technology to support famers and sugar industry by provision of disease free sugarcane seedling
Project worth                PKR. 10.24 million
Duration 02 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2020
Funding Agency TDF (HEC)
Principal Investigator    Ms. Plosha Khanum

 

10. Title Commercialization of In Vitro multiplication of Pomegranate through somatic embryogenesis to provide biotic stress resistant plants
Project worth                PKR. 5.3 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency PSF
Principal Investigator    Miss Plosha Khanum

 

11. Title Development of high yielding low lignin alfalfa as a nutritious fodder for livestock
Project worth                PKR 21.37  million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency PARB
Principal Investigator    Dr. Hammad Nadeem Tahir

 

12. Title To detect agricultural drought disaster using remote sensing, in situ data and agro-evapotranspiration model over Pakistan and South West of China
Project worth                PKR 10,804,099 (PSF) and RMB 2,000,000 (NFSC)
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency PSF and NSFC
Principal Investigator    Dr. Hammad Nadeem Tahir

 

13. Title Screening and evaluation of innovative germplasm resources against cotton insect pests, abiotic stresses and CLCuD resistance
Project worth                PKR 2.0 million
Duration 01 years
Starting date 2018
Date of completion 2019
Funding Agency PARB
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

 

14. Title Molecular Mechanism Analysis of Cotton Epidermal Hair Formation and Its Application in Resistance to Aphids and Bemisia tabaci
Project worth                2.000 million yuan + 11.700 million rupees
Duration 03 year
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency NSFC/PSF
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

 

15. Title Establishment of Sino-Pak International Center of Applied Biotechnology
Project worth                05 million Yuan
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency TongLu County local Govt China
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

 

16. Title

Production of New Castle Disease Vaccine in Plants (NSLP-PSF, Pakistan)

Duration 02 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2021
Funding Agency PSF
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulqurnain Khan

 

17. Title CRISPR/Cas-based Targeted Genome modifications for Insect Resistance in Cotton (ALP-NARC, Pakistan)
Duration 02 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2021
Funding Agency ALP-NARC
Principal Investigator    Dr. Zulqurnain Khan

 

18. Title CRISPR- based targeted modification of cell wall lignin polymer network in Sorghum bicolor. L to enhance biomass.
Project worth                PKR 4.0 million
Duration 02 year
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2021
Funding Agency ALP
Principal Investigator    Dr. Sarmad Frogh Arshad

 

19. Title

Development and evaluation of Plant-based Vaccine against Bovine Diarrhea Virus in Cattle

Project worth             PKR 8.0 million
Duration 04 year
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2023
Funding Agency PSF
Principal Investigator    Dr. Sarmad Frogh Arshad

 

20. Title

High throughput genomic analysis for diversification, structuring and genetic improvement of sugarcane as biofuel feedstock

Project worth                PKR 6.521 million
Duration 04 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2023
Funding Agency SRDB
Principal Investigator    Dr. Sarmad Frogh Arshad

 

21. Title

Introducing Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) as superfood crop in Agroclimatic conditions of Southern Punjab

Project worth                PKR 10.4 million
Duration 04 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2023
Funding Agency ALP
Principal Investigator    Mr. Mahmood Alam

 

22. Title

In vitro Sex determination of Date Palm at seedling stage investigation

Project worth                PKR. 5.7 million
Duration 04 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2023
Funding Agency ALP
Principal Investigator    Ms. Plosha Khanum

 

23. Title

Development of SNP array Kit for Cotton Fibre Traits in Intraspecific and Interspecific Populations

Project worth                PKR. 18.543 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency PARB
Principal Investigator    Dr. Sarmad Frogh Arshad

 

24. Title

Speed breeding to shorten breeding cycles and accelerate gene mapping for drought tolerance in chickpea

Project worth                PKR. 4.75 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency Agricultural Linkages Programme (ALP)
PARC
Principal Investigator    Mr. Muhammad Ali Sher

 

25. Title

Gene mapping to breed disease and post anthesis drought tolerance in bread wheat

Project worth                PKR 10.92  million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency PSF
Principal Investigator    Mr. Muhammad Ali Sher

 

26. Title

Understanding the genetic and molecular basis of drought tolerance in cotton

Project worth                PKR 0.5 million
Duration 09 month
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2020
Funding Agency Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan
Principal Investigator    Dr. M. Mahmood Ahmed

 

27. Title

Demonstration of monitoring BT toxin resistance and technology transfer of delaying pest resistance in Pink Bollworm

Project worth                PKR 4.622 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency

Endowment Fund Secretariat, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Principal Investigator    Dr. M. Mahmood Ahmed

 

28. Title

Development of drought tolerant and insect resistant GMO cotton genotypes: Increasing crop per drop

Project worth                PKR 19.861 million
Duration 03 year
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF)
Principal Investigator    Dr. M. Mahmood Ahmed

 

29. Title

Development of high yielding low lignin alfalfa as a nutritious fodder for livestock

Project worth                PKR. 21.37 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency PARB
Principal Investigator    Dr. M. Hammad Nadeem Tahir

 

30. Title

To detect agricultural drought disaster using remote sensing, in situ data and agro-evapotranspiration model over Pakistan and South West of China

Project worth                PKR 10,804,099 (PSF) and RMB 2,000,000 (NFSC)
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2019
Date of completion 2022
Funding Agency PSF and NSFC
Principal Investigator    Dr. M. Hammad Nadeem Tahir

 

31. Title

Increasing up to 40% yield of chickpea by exploring rhizobial diversity that niche in diverse geographical zones of Pakistan

Project worth                PKR 7.0 million
Duration 03 year
Starting date 2020
Date of completion 2023
Funding Agency Pakistan Science Foundation
Principal Investigator    Dr. M. Abu Bakar Saddique

 

32. Title

Development of an Efficient Rhizobial Inocula for Enhancing the Yield Potential of Chickpea in Pakistan

Project worth                PKR 4.5 million
Duration 03 years
Starting date 2020
Date of completion 2023
Funding Agency

Pakistan agricultural research council. Agricultural linkages programme

(ALP)

Principal Investigator    Dr. Muhammad Abu Bakar Saddique

 

33. Title

Unlocking the Genes Responsible for Inflorescence Patterning in Rice

Project worth                PKR 0.5 million
Duration 01 year
Starting date 2020
Date of completion 2021
Funding Agency Higher Education Commission of Pakistan
Principal Investigator    Dr. Muhammad Abu Bakar Saddique
Published Manuscripts

Published Manuscripts 2019-20

Name

Title

Prof. Dr. Asif Ali Khan Ahmad, S., H. M. N. Cheema, A. A. Khan, R. S. A. Khan and J. N. Ahmad. 2019. Resistance status of Helicoverpa armigera against Bt cotton in Pakistan. Transgenic research, 1-14.
Ijaz, S., M. Mubin, M. S.N.U. Rehman and A. Khan. 2019. Molecular analysis of pedilanthus leaf curl virus and associated satellites infecting Chenopodium album in Pakistan. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 57 (10) in press.
Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Ali, Z., Q. Raza, R.M. Atif, U. Aslam, M. Ajmal, and G. Chung. 2019. Genetic and Molecular Control of Floral Organs Identity in Cereals. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 20: accepted. [IF=3.687].
Majeed, S., I.A. Rana, R.M. Atif, Z. Ali, L. Hinze and M.T. Azhar. 2019. Role of SNPs in determining QTLs for major traits in cotton. BMC J Cotton Res. 2:5.
Shafqat, W., M.J. Jaskani, R. Maqbool, A.S. Khan and Z. Ali, 2019. Evaluation of citrus rootstocks against drought, heat and combined stress based on growth and photosynthetic pigments. Intl. J. Agric. Biol., 22: 1001‒1009
Prof. Dr. M.Hammad Nadeem Tahir Jamil, H., F.A. Khan, M.H.N. Tahir and B. Sadia. 2019. Screening for water deficit stress tolerance in Brassica napus L. using PEG-6000. Pak. J. Agri. Sci. 56(3):653- 660.
Kanwal, S., M.H.N. Tahir, H.A. Sadaqat and B. Sadia. 2019. Development of high yielding types of Brassica napus L. under salinity stress. Pak. J. Bot. 51(4):1185- 1190. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30848/PJB2019-4(5)
Nasir, B., H. Razzaq and M.H.N. Tahir. 2019. Development of best screening method at seedling stage under drought stress for Brassica napus L. Big Data in Agriculture 1(1): 15-18. DOI : http://doi.org/10.26480/bda.01.2019.15.18
Riaz, A., M.H.N. Tahir, M. Rizwan, S. Fiaz, S. Chachar, K. Razzaq, B. Riaz and H. Sadia. 2019. Developing a selection criterion using correlation and path coefficient analysis in sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Helia DOI https://doi.org/10.1515/helia-2017-0031
Dr.Zulqurnain Khan Zulqurnain, K., S. H. Khan, M. Z. Ghouri, H. Shahzadi, S. F. Arshad, U. Waheed, S. Firdous, Q. Mehboob, A. Ahmad. 2019. Nanotechnology: An Elixir to Life Sciences. Intechopen. DOI: 10.20944/preprints201902.0235.v1.
Dr.Muhammad Mahmood Ahmed Ahmed MM, Cong H, Shen C, Khan AQ, Zhang XL, Lin Z. Map-based cloning of qSCW-c12 and analysis of candidate gene, GhBRH1_A12, in cotton. Plant Science, 2020, 13535
Khan AQ, Li ZH, Ahmed MM, Zhang XL, Tu LL. 2019. Eriodictyol Can Modulate Cellular Auxin Gradient to Efficiently Promote In Vitro Cotton Fibre Development. BMC Plant Biol.
Dr. Shoib ur Rehman Mao X, Li Y, Rehman SU, Miao L, Zhang Y, Chen X, Yu C, Wang J, Li C, Jing R. 2019. “The Sucrose Non fermenting 1-Related Protein Kinase 2 (SnRK2) genes are multifaceted players in plant growth development and response to environmental stimuli”. Plant Cell and Physiology.
Rehman SU, Wang J, Chang X, Zhang X, Mao X, Jing R. A wheat protein kinase gene TaSnRK2.9-5A associated with yield contributing traits. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 2019, 132:907-919.
Majeed U, Darwish E, Rehman SU, Zhang X. Kompetitive Allele Specific PCR (KASP): A Singleplex Genotyping Platform and Its Application. Journal of Agricultural Science. 2019. 11(1).

 

Staff Members

VC

Dr. Asif Ali

Vice Chancellor/ Professor
Prof. Dr. Zulfiqar

Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

Professor
Dr. Hammad

Dr. Muhammad Hammad Nadeem Tahir

Professor & Chairman
Dr. Zulqarnain

Zulqurnain Khan

Assistant Professor
ummara

Ummara Waheed

Assistant Professor
Sarmad Frogh

Sarmad Frogh Arshad

Assistant Professor
Muhammad Mahmood Ahmed

Muhammad Mahmood Ahmed

Assistant Professor
Mahmood Alam Khan

Mahmood Alam Khan

Lecturer
Dr. Shoib

Dr. Shoaib Ur Rehman

Lecturer
babar

Babar Farid

Lecturer
furqan

Furqan Ahmad

Lecturer
abubakar

Muhammad Abu Bakar Saddique

Lecturer
plosha

Plosha Khanum

Lecturer
usman

Mr. Muhammad Usman

Lecturer
sher

Muhammad Ali Sher

Lecturer
Saima Rasheed

Saima Rasheed

Lecturer