Khilwat Afridi

Mr. Khilwat Afridi did his MSc. (Hons) Agriculture with major subject Plant Breeding & Genetics (PBG) from The University of Agriculture Peshawar, KP, Pakistan. He started his research career as a Research Officer at  Cereals Crops Research Institute Pirsabak, Nowshera.His main responsibilities are evaluation of wheat, barley and durum wheat  germplasm under rainfed and irrigated condition of Khyber pakhtunkhwa. He also screen wheat germplasms for yellow rust in different parts of the province. He is the co breeder of wheat varieties Pirsabak 2013 and Shahkaar 2013.  

He was awarded Dr. Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science & Technology Fellowship Program in 2012 and worked at CIMMYT (Mexico) and CIMMYT/KARI, Kenya. During Borlaug fellowship he worked on wheat improvement especially focused  on rust resistance. He screened and characterized different advanced wheat germplasmwheat against leaf, stem and stripe rust races for major and minor resistant genes. He also worked on rust race identification, gene postulation and standardization of rust scoring.He took  participation in glass house wheat rust research activities by Borlaug Fellows at CDRI, Murree. 10th of June, to 21st of June, 2013.

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