University of Karachi’s National Nematological Research Centre Wins US Patent

Islamabad: The National Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), University of Karachi has won a US Patent. The projects conducted by Prof. Dr. Shahina Fayyaz, Director, NNRC were aimed at finding out indigenous organisms in soil called Entomopathogenic Nematodes (EPNs) and their use for insect pest management in crops as bio pesticides as the chemical pesticides cause many hazards for health and ecosystem.

Under these projects the researchers discovered nine native species present in fertile Pakistani soil which have an excellent control over various insect pests. These EPNs are being tested as bio pesticides at the NNRC.

Dr. Shahina has thanked the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) for supporting research and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) for the financial assistance and facilitation in filing the patent.

NNRC is the first and only recognized centre of excellence in the field of Nematology in Pakistan. In 1996, NNRC initiated research on nematodes which are advantageous to the crops in term of yield and quality. In this regard, NNRC was provided two projects by PSF.

Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, Chairman PSF has congratulated and appreciated the efforts made by Dr. Shahina Fayyaz on the achievement. “With this triumph, research will fascinate industry to commercialize these unique local bio-pesticides to replace the hazardous chemical pesticides being used in Pakistan. It will not only provide import substitution but will also improve the environment and agro-biodiversity in Pakistan,” he said.

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