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Miss Misbah Safdar

Miss Misbah Safdar has completed her M.Sc (hons) Agriculture, Plant Breeding and Genetics from University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi Pakistan in 2009.In her M.Sc (hons) she worked on the evaluationof D genome based diversity for drought tolerance in primary and derived synthetic wheat germplasm, under supervision of Dr. Abdul Mujeeb Kazi, at National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad. She had experience screening of synthetic wheat germplasm for drought through phenological and morphological selection in both greenhouse and field conditions, and through SSRs. After that she had completed an internship under Ministry of Agriculture in Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department (FSCRD), Islamabad.

In 2012, under Punjab Public Service Commission, she was selected as Assistant Research Officer in Research Wing of Agriculture Department, Punjab. She was placed at Barani Agricultural Research Institute, Chakwal, Pakistan. Here she is working for wheat improvement through wheat breeding and pre-breeding, screening of international materials under rainfed conditions.

In 2013 she completed Wheat Improvement Course under Borlaug Global Rust Initiative at International Centre for Maize and Wheat Improvement (CIMMYT), Mexico. During Borlaug fellowship, she got excellent learning experience working with distinguished wheat scientists of CIMMYT. She had chance to work with Physiology Group working on wheat pre-breeding. She learnt the use of various physiological tools and the use that data for pre-breeding selections especially under drought and heat stress conditions. She was best report writer among participants of the course. Borlaug fellowship improved her skills and knowledge regarding wheat improvement which will enhance her capabilities of research for wheat improvement of the country.

 

She also has another fellowship, “5th Standardization of Stem Rust field notes and germplasm evaluation, with discussion on stripe and leaf rust under Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat (DWWR) project”, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) and CIMMYT. This training was useful to understand the stem rust importance, its scoring, different methods of collection of spores, preparation of inoculums and its application, field selections and genetics and breeding for stem rust.

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