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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 : INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

National Nematological Research Centre, University of Karachi provided the facilities of internship program for the biological students of Karachi University and other universities and institutions of Pakistan from time to time.

  • Mr. Balach Dad student of B. Sc. (Hons) Agriculture (Plant Pathology) at Balochistan Agriculture College Quetta get the training on “Studies of plant parasitic nematodes of experimental field from National Nematological Research Centre, University of Karachi”. He completed his BS thesis work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz during 10 Dec, 2018 – 21 Jan, 2019.
  • Two BS final year students Department of Biotechnology, University of Karachi, Ms. Afifa Suhail and Ms. Sadaf Azman completed their BS thesis on different topics. Afifa Suhail did the research on “Isolation and identification of plant parasitic nematodes associated with five plant hosts viz., Christ plant, Copper leaf, Jungle flame, Rose and Ulta ashok” while Ms. Sadaf Azman worked on “Isolation and identification of plant parasitic nematodes in Champa plant, China rose, Good Luck tree, Jasmine and Marigold” during 12th September, 2018 – 15th March, 2019 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz and Dr. Saifullah  Department of Biotechnology, University of Karachi as Co-supervisor .
  • Mr. Bashir Hussain from Poonch University, Rawalakot came to NNRC for internship training during 23 January – 11 February, 2019 on morphology, identification of plant parasitic nematodes.

 

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 : Survey to update nematode status

Survey of cotton fields of Sindh

Pakistan is the fifth largest producer of cotton in the world, the third largest exporter of raw cotton, the fourth largest consumer of cotton, and the largest exporter of cotton yarn. 1.3 million Farmers (out of a total of 5 million) cultivate cotton over 3 million hectares, covering 15 per cent of the cultivable area in the country. Cotton and cotton products contribute about 10 per cent to GDP and 55 per cent to the foreign exchange earnings of the country. Taken as a whole, between 30 and 40 per cent of the cotton ends up as domestic consumption of final products. The remaining is exported as raw cotton, yarn, cloth, and garments National Nematological Research Center University of Karachi arranged survey time to time different fields of agricultural crops all over the country to collect the soil and root samples to identified plant parasitic nematodes and their management. A team of NNRC visited 13th to 15th October 2018 to different cotton growing areas of Sindh viz. District Mathyari, District Mirpur Khas, Distric Sangard Distric Tandoalayar and Distric Umercot. More than 100 soil and roots samples cotton were sampled.   

Survey of Chikoo Plantations

Survey was conducted by the survey team of NNRC along with Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz, Director National Nematological Research Center (NNRC), University of Karachi, on October 23, 2018 of the farm house of Mr. Sherwani at Hub, Balochistan. 25 soil and root samples were taken from diseased and infected chikoo plants for the prevalence of plant parasitic nematodes from 8 locations. In another trip made on October 31, 2018, fifteen soil and root samples were taken from chikoo plantations of Gadap, Sindh.

Survey of Banana Orchards of Sindh

A survey team of NNRC with Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz, visited the field of banana at Ghorabari, Thatta, Sindh and took roots and soil samples from diseased and infected banana plants for the prevalence of plant parasitic nematodes. Prof. Dr. Shahaina Fayyaz briefed the field assistants and farmers about the nematode disease symptoms. Urdu language books on banana were distributed among them to create awareness of this pest. Later on one of the field assistants, visited NNRC for internship to learn the basic techniques about identification and management of plant parasitic nematodes. Further work is in progress.

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 : PSF Project Evaluation Team Visited NNRC

PSF Project Evaluation Team comprised of Dr. Mirza Habib Ali, Director (Research Support), NSLP, Mr. Nasir Khokhar, Senior Scientific Officer, NSLP and Mr. Tafakhar Ali Asadi, Member Finance visited National Nematological Research Centre, University of Karachi to evaluate the on going PSF project at NNRC. Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz briefed them about the progress of the project. They also visited all the labs of NNRC and were satisfied with the  research work of the project.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 : M. Phil Degree Awarded
  • Ms. Uzma Ishaque:M. Phil degree in Nematology has been awared to Ms. Uzma Ishaq. Her research work was based on “Review of the genus Helicotylenchus Steiner, 1945 (Nematoda: Hoplolaimidae) with updated diagnostic compendium” under supervision of Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz.
  • Ms. Samina Sultan: M. Phil degree in Nematology has been awared to Ms. Samina Sultan. Her research studies on “Biodiversity of plant parasitic nematode fauna of Parachinar, Kurram Agency, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan” was completed under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz.

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 : Future Events

7-10th July, 2019

58th Annual meeting of the Society of Nematologists (SON) to be held at Raleigh, North Carolina, USA,on July 7-10, 2019 (www.visitraleigh.com).

 21-25th July, 2019

51st Annual meeting of Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America (ONTA)to be held in San José, Costa Rica from 21 to 25 July of 2019. Send abstracts to info1@onta2019.com

29 – 30th July, 2019

6th International Conference onParasitology & Microbiology during July 29-30, 2019 to be held at Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Theme of the conference: Addressing New Challenges and Emerging Issues in Parasitology.

28 July-1st August, 2019

Society for Invertebrate Pathology (SIP) Annual Conference, 2019 at Valencia, Spain Main Contact: Juan Ferre: sip@sipweb.org

29 July- 4th August, 2019

13th International Symposium of the Russian Society of Nematologists on "Nematodes and other Ecdysozoa under changing environments", which will take place at the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Russia).