Researches Food Security Research Group

Food Security Research Group


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The primary focus  has been wheat centering around the genetic resources across its three genomes with a view to integrating new allelic variation for crop production and yield maximization which is sine qua non to ensure food security. Their research has covered genomic diversity across vital research facets of basic, strategic and applied dimensions. The effort embraces multiple disciplines that are categorized as genetic resources, quality, cytogenetics, molecular cytogenetics, biochemical genetics, pre-breeding, physiology, pathology, breeding, mapping, gene cloning and gene editing.

Master’s Students
Hareem Aamer, MS 2018-20
Hina Javed, MS 2019-21
Faiq Musharaf, MS 2019-21
Mahnoor Ilyas, MS 2019-21
Arzoo Ahad, MS 2019-21
Ph.D. Students
Afsheen Malik
Tuba Batool
Irum Nauman
Selected Publications
1.     Parvaiz Ahmad, Saiema Rasool, Alvina Gul, Subzar A. Sheikh, Nudrat A. Akram, Muhammad Ashraf, A. M. Kazi and Salih Gucel. 2016. Jasmonates: Multifunctional roles in stress tolerance. Frontiers in Plant Science. ISSN: 1663-4365. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00813. IF = 4.291
2.     Muhammad Jamil, Aamir Ali, Alvina Gul, Abdul Ghafoor and Abdul Mujeeb Kazi. 2018. Genome-wide association studies for spot blotch (Cochliobolus sativus) resistance in bread wheat using genotyping-by-sequencing. Phytopathology. 108:1307-1314. 10.1094/PHYTO-02-18-0047-R. IF = 3.264

3.     Muhammad Jamil, Aamir Ali, Alvina Gul, Abdul Ghafoor, Abdul Aziz Napar, Amir Ibrahim, Naima Huma Naveed, Nasim Ahmad Yasin and Abdul Mujeeb-Kazi. 2019. Genome-wide association studies of seven agronomic traits for heat tolerance in bread wheat. BMC Plant Biology. 19: 149. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12870-019-1754-6  IF = 3.6

4.     Fakiha Afzal, Huihui Li, Alvina Gul, Abid Subhani, Abdul Mujeeb-Kazi, Francis Ogbonnaya, Richard Trethowan, Xianchun Xia, Zhonghu He and Awais Rasheed. 2019. Diversity studies and identification of marker-trait association for relative water content using high-density 90K SNP array in synthetic-derived diversity panel. G3: Genes, Genomes, Geneticshttps://doi.org/10.1534/g3.119.400010 IF = 2.792
5.     Maria Khalid, Fakiha Afzal, Alvina Gul, Rabia Amir, Zubair Ahmed, Zahid Mehmood, Abid Subhani, Xianchun Xia, Zhonghu He and Awais Rasheed. 2019. Molecular characterization of 87 functional genes in wheat diversity panel and their association with phenotypes under well-watered and water-limited conditions. Frontiers in Plant Science. https://doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00717. IF = 4.298

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