Silicon can increase the crop yield by bounding the cadmium


THE BACK bone of the most developing countries is considered as Agriculture. It contributes about 60-80 percent of GDP of a country. It is the basic source of foreign exchange for a country. Agriculture is not only the source of food for human beings but also a fodder source for animals. Most of the population in the whole world lives on diet based on one or more of the staple foods like, rice, wheat, maize, millet and sorghum etc. Wheat, rice and maize contributes about two-third of

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Silicon application can minimize cadmium accumulation in wheat




Si is beneficial in healthy growth and development of plant. Different studies have proved that plant growth significantly increased by Si application. Beneficial effects of Si are prominent when plants subjected to multiple stresses (biotic and abiotic stress). It reduces toxicity of heavy metals, accumulation and uptake in plants. Si makes plant resistant against diseases caused mostly due to fungi and bacteria. It optimises the hormones and enzymatic balance in plants which helps in

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Dr. Naweed Syed – First Pakistani to connect Brain cells to a Silicon Chip


Another Pakistani we can be proud of …

First Scientist in the World to Connect Brain Cells to a Silicon Chip



With Dr. Naweed’s Silicon Chip, we can send and receive messages to and from the brain. Diseases related to the brain can be cured. Feelings of a human can be incorporated inside a machine. But this does not limit itself here. As said by the great scientist, he is expecting a great number of devices in the near future which can have feelings.



When asked about

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Role of silicon in rice blast resistance




Rice is the second most important food crop after wheat in Pakistan. In last few years rice yield has been found diminishing and nutritional imbalance has been reported as one of major reasons. In a more specific study of nutrients; the micronutrients have now have been found equally important as macronutrients although they are required in a minute quantity. Balancing the micronutrients for rice cultivation enhances the quality and yield. Micronutrients such as silicon are the most

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Pakistani re-inventing internet in Silicon Valley




MONITORING REPORT ISB: Wedge is part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) which is being led by Najam Ahmad, the Director of Technical Operations at Facebook. Najam, who was born in Karachi, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology and later on went to do his Master of Science in Telecommunication Protocols and Computer Science from George Washington University.
Prior to Facebook, Najam was General Manager of Global Networking Services at

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