Punjab News PAU gets $ 1.5 m research project


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Ludhiana, June 19

Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has got another prestigious wheat research project funded by the US to the tune of US $ 1.5 million for a period of three years.

This will be in collaboration with the Washington State University, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Purdue University, and University of Wisconsin, COMSATS University Abbottabad (Pakistan and Punjab Agricultural University).

Dr Kulwinder S Gill of Washington State University is the principal investigator and Dr Johar Singh of the PAU is the co-principal investigator of the project.

According to Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Agricultural University, Dr Manjit Singh Kang, “The main goal of the project is to identify and characterise an alternative dwarfing gene system for wheat and other cereals in order to alleviate adverse effects of the currently used dwarfing genes.”

Kang, who would be going to the US next month to sign the MOU, said, “The real benefit of the project particularly to the farmers with small land holdings will come from the proposed introgression of value-added genes.”