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Miss Sabina Asghar

Miss Sabina Asghar did M.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture in a specialized field of Plant Breeding and Genetics on Wheat crop from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. She won a silver medal in M.Sc. (Hons) PBG by getting top position in her department. She passed the exam of Punjab Public Service Commission and was appointed as an Assistant Research Officer at Wheat Research Institute, AARI, Faisalabad in 2010. She started doing research on breeding aspects of wheat crop when she joined her service at WRI, Faisalabad and now at present she is engaged in both breeding and pathological research on wheat crop.

She is a vital member of research team working on wheat development at Wheat Research Institute, AARI, Faisalabad, Pakistan. She is involved in wheat breeding for durable rust resistance and handling breeding material at different stages. She has two high yielding and disease resistant varieties Punjab-11 and Millat-11 at her credits as a member of breeders team who evolved these varieties. In a short period of time she has got an excellent experience in wheat breeding and genetics.

In 2011, she was selected to attend “Wheat Improvement Pathology Course” in Nepal sponsored by CSISA. In 2013, she was awarded with Dr. Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science & Technology Fellowship Program to get training at University of Minnesota in United States and at CIMMYT El Batan in Mexico. Her training in Nepal on wheat diseases especially rusts has also strenghthend her grip on the subject. Her trainings at University of Minnesota, USA and CIMMYT, Mexico under Borlaug fellowship program provided her an opportunity to work with world’s top class wheat scientists and proved to be of immense importance in learning practical aspects of plant breeding and has increased her passion more towards wheat improvement resulting in food sustainability and hunger elimination. During Borlaug fellowship, she did activities related to germplasm evaluation, gene postulation, handling rust samples, race identification, cereal rust alternate host studies and learning for stripe rust resistance.

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