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Muhammad Zulkiffal

Mr. Muhammad Zulkiffal did his MSc. (Hons) Agriculture with major subject Plant Breeding & Genetics from Agrivarisity, Faisalabad.

He initiated his career as Assistant Research Officer at wheat Research Institute, AARI, Faisalabad, Pakistan in Oct. 2003  to May 2010). During this tenure his major duties includes:

  • Study the performance of morphological traits and disease reactions in station yield trials (Preliminary, regular yield trials, Micro trail wheat varieties and National uniform wheat yield trials).
  • Evaluate the material supplied by different donner agencies (CIMMYT, ICARDA).

Numerous lines were studied and selected in these trials which were further evaluated and registered as varieties.  He was then, directly selected as Assistant Botanist through PPSC and appointed as Assistant Botanist Vegetable atVegetable Research Institute, AARI, Faisalabad-Pakistan from May 2010 to April 2012). His major duties includes, Handled the filial generations and made different cross combinations among genetically diversified exotic and local lines/varieties of okra crop.

Conducted various adaptability trials on cauliflower and coriander in addition to their seed increase.

He was transferred to Wheat Research Institute, AARI, Faisalabad-Pakistan again on April 2012 where he is serving  to date. His major duties includes:

Handling of crossing block and hybridization,  maintenance of gene pool, pre breeding nurseries, and laces. He was awarded letter of commendation from Secretary agriculture Govt. of Punjab, Lahore for the organizing International & National Seminar on Wheat at AARI. Faisalabad, Feb and Sep. 2006, respectively. 

He was awarded Dr. Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science & Technology Fellowship Program in 2013 and worked at CIMMYT Mexico. During Borlaug fellowship he worked on wheat improvement especially emphasized on rust resistance and yield.

Mr. Muhammad Zulkiffal is working in collaboration with national and international institutes. He participated and successfully completed one international and three national professional trainings on wheat and vegetables improvement.  On his part there are 18 research papers and 03 proceedings published in national and international journals.

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