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Are Fruits and Vegetables in Pakistan high in Pesticide residue levels?

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Fresh-cut residue free fruits and vegetables also named as ready-to-use or ready-to-eat represent an important and rapidly expanding food segment and of great interest for growers, processors, retailers and consumers. However a large proportion of our daily food is contaminated with pesticides. Fruits and vegetables are facing numerous challenges in the form of insect pests, […]…Read More

Drought: A constraint in the efficacy of systemic pesticides

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Rise in the global temperature, erratic fluctuations in rainfall and severe and prolonged drought periods due to climate change seems to have a dramatic impact on agricultural production systems. Insect pest populations in agricultural and horticultural systems are also expected to be impacted, both in terms of their spatial and temporal distributions and in their […]…Read More

Drought: A constraint in the efficacy of systemic pesticides

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Rise in the global temperature, erratic fluctuations in rainfall and severe and prolonged drought periods due to climate change seems to have a dramatic impact on agricultural production systems. Insect pest populations in agricultural and horticultural systems are also expected to be impacted, both in terms of their spatial and temporal distributions and in their […]…Read More

Transgenic plants and their effect on beneficial soil fauna

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Soil represents a favorable habitat for microfauna and is inhabited by a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, algae, viruses, and protozoa. According to one study, there is about one and ten million microorganisms present per gram of soil with bacteria and fungi being the most dominant. A renowned scientist once remarked, “Soil deprived […]…Read More

Silicon augmented resistance against plant stresses

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Different environmental factors such as light, temperature, water, humidity and nutrients work in an integrated fashion for better plant growth. However still certain types of pathogens and insects/pests remains a challenge and a major biological constraints of normal plant growth and development. Hence in order to get maximum benefit in terms of yield and growth […]…Read More

EssayCon 2017

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article image   A great Thank you to all for participating! Results have been attached. Each essay’s position and score has been mentioned along with the Student particulars.  Position  Name  University_Name  City  Total  1st  BUSHRA HASHMI  Jinnah University for Women  Karachi                 91.50  2nd  Asim Mehmood  Allama Iqbal Open University  Islamabad                 82.50  3rd  Ayesha Muddassir  FC […]…Read More

Pollinators decline; a threat to world food supply

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article image Pollination is a natural ecological process that benefits mankind and is mainly done by insect population. Insects pollinate crops, assist the process of food production and significantly increase the yield of certain crops. Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the male parts of a flower to the female parts of a flower of the same species, which results in fertilization of plant ovaries and the production of seeds. Pollinators visit flowers in their…Read More