President ECOSF joined as Chief Guest the 16th Nematological Event: Present Era of Ecofriendly Nematode Management Strategies organised mainly by the Pakistan Society of Nematologists

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The two-day training session was jointly organized by Pakistan Society of Nematologists (PSN), the National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi, and supported by the Pakistan Science Foundation on 17-18 June 2021. It was held at the UoK’s NNRC and attended by a total of 50 participants including trainees from Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Plant Disease Research Institute Tandojam, Sindh Agriculture University, Umerkot Campus, Lasbella University of Marine and Agriculture Sciences Utal- Balochistan, Jinnah University for Women Karachi, Department of Agriculture and Agribusiness Management UoK, etc.. President ECOSF joined the event as Chief Guest.

The UoK VC Prof. Dr. Khalid M. Iraqi underlined that NNRC has a significant role to promote field of nematology in the country. He stressed that ecofriendly nematode management strategies should be adopted across the country to have fruitful results.

On this occasion, the UoK Dean Faculty of Science Prof. Nasira Khatun emphasized on maintaining health and environment as the primary goal as an essential. Parton-in-Chief of Pakistan Society of Nematologists and President of ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro underscored the role of the UoK NNRC in promoting the subject of nematology and said that the Centre ever since its establishment in the 1970s has been promoting research skills among young researchers.

The Director NNRC Prof. Ms. Saboohi Raza briefly highlighted the contributions of NNRC in the field of nematology and shed light on the importance of nematodes, their identification, and eco-friendly management strategies.

She informed the audience that so far, more than 1,000 research papers have been published by the centre in reputed journals. The centre has produced 21 PhDs, five MPhils and has close linkages with 50 national or international universities and institutes for collaborative research work.

Meanwhile, President, Pakistan Society of Nematologists, Prof. Tariq Mukhtar praised the role of NNRC in organizing seminars, conferences, and training workshops regularly and mentioned that the centre holds training workshops after every two years and this is the sixteenth nematological event.

The speakers urged to use of new nematode control measures instead of synthetic chemicals to reduce possible adverse effects on human health and the environment. They observed that biological control, organic and inorganic soil amendments, natural occurring nematicides, induced resistance, interruption of host recognition and transgenic plants have a direct effect on pollution prevention, resource-saving, and recycling.

Earlier, rich tributes were paid to late Dr. M A Maqbool and meritorious Professor Dr. Shahina Fayyaz for their research accomplishments in the discipline of nematology and devoting their lives to develop and strengthen the NNRC. The NNRC seminar library was named after Dr. Maqbool while the molecular laboratories were named after Professor Dr. Shahina in recognition of their long and sincere professional services and immense contributions to the field and the Centre.

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