Sunday, September 15, 2019
DNA Markers and Applied Genomics



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(Group Leader)

Dr. Muhammad Arif

Principal Scientist

Team members:

  • Ms. Naima Hameed     (Senior Scientist)
  • Shahzad Amir Naveed (Research Associate)
  • Mr. Yasir Riaz (Research Associate)
  • Mr. Samiullah (Research Associate)
  • Five Ph.D. students
  • Two M.Phil Student


The main objective of our group is the improvement of basmati rice for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. Molecular markers are being used for the incorporation of stress tolerance genes from donor rice lines to basmati rice. We are also involved in mapping of grain quality traits of basmati rice like amylose contents, aroma, gelatinization temperature, grain shape and size. We are also working on the molecular diversity of basmati and non basmati rice lines, traditional basmati rice lines, lines being received from China and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines.

We are in the process of development of basmati lines with 3 bacterial blight resistance genes pyramided in a single plant. We are also incorporating drought tolerance genes from drought tolerant donor lines from IRRI into basmati rice.



International Collaboration

  • International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines
  • Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), Beijing, China
  • University of California, Davis, USA


National Collaboration

  • Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology (NIAB), Faisalabad
  • Nuclear Institute for Agriculture (NIA), TandoJam
  • Rice Research Institute, Kala Shah Kaku
  • National Agriculture Research Council (NARC), Islamabad
  • Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), Islamabad



Salient facilities:

  • Basmati DNA Testing to rice exporters
  • DNA finger printing of rice



  • Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB), Pakistan
  • Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences (CAAS), China/IRRI, Philippines
  • International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), Vienna, Austria
  • Pakistan Innovative Biological Services (PIBS), NIBGE
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