Developmental Biologists Locate Source of Liver Stem Cells

The investigators at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA, USA) reported in the August 5, 2015, online edition of the journal Nature  that they had identified a population of proliferating and self-renewing cells adjacent to the central vein in the liver lobule that is responsible for the generation of liver cells (hepatocytes). Working with mice, investigators traced the…

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SAARC Countries Acceded to Barter Agri- Technologies & Germ-plasm for Food Security in the Region

On Wednesday ,August 12, 2015; the meeting of the Governing Board of SAARC Agriculture Center (SAC) was held in Islamabad, at the headquarters of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), which was chaired by its Chairman, Gh. Rabani Haqiqatpal, Director Information Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Afghanistan. Among others, the meeting was attended by Member Director, Fisheries, BARC, Bangladesh,…

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Chimeric Drug Reduces Local Inflammation Without Causing General Immune Suppression

Investigators at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beer Sheba, Israel) and the University of Colorado (Boulder, USA) created the chimeric drug by fusing the N-terminal peptide of interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) to IL-1R antagonist (IL-1Ra), resulting in inactive IL-1Ra. Results published in the July 8, 2015, online edition of Journal of Immunology revealed that chimeric IL-1Ra reduced IL-1–mediated…

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BELARUS JOIN HANDS WITH PAKISTAN TO SETUP AGRICULTURE MACHINERY PLANTS IN PAKISTAN

On Thursday, 30 July,2015; Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research , Skiandar Hayat khan Bosan presiding a meeting with four-member delegation of Belarus scientists along with Pakistan Agricultural Research Council(PARC) scientists at PARC, Islamabad. Belarus scientists have shown keen interest to establish agriculture industry in Pakistan to develop latest agriculture machinery with local…

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Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) Sanctioned 11 High-Yielding Rice Varieties (15/05/2015)

The Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) on Rice was held at Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) headquarters under the Chairmanship of affiliate Plant Sciences Division, Dr. Muhammad Shahid Masood. In this meeting, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) sanctioned eleven (11) new high-yielding rice varieties including seven (7) hybrid and four (4) Open-Pollinated (OP) seed for cultivation…

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New Innovation: Pakistani Farmers Cultivate Perfect Potatoes on Brackish Land (15/05/2015)

On 14th April, 2015, Tuesday Netherlands Ambassador Marcel de Vink visited Depalpur, Punjab to witness the first-ever yield of salt resistant potatoes. According to a statement issued by the Dutch Embassy, ?The project is combination of Dutch agricultural innovation and Pakistani entrepreneurship. With the mutual effort of Jaffer Brothers, MetaMeta Research, Salt Farm Texel and…

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E-Farming System Launched First time in Pakistan; a Step towards Adopting Modern Technologies (15/05/2015)

The University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has launched an e-farming system first time in Pakistan; to edify the farmers and assist them to acquire maximum yield and profits by modern agri biotech applications. It is a step towards adopting modern technologies. ?Through e-farming, the yield can be enhanced to 40 maunds per acre? said the…

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PARC pioneer four new rust resistant wheat varieties (15/05/2015)

The Variety Evaluation Committee meeting held on Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015 at PARC headquarters. In Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) meeting, the agriculture scientists of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) have released four new rust resistant wheat varieties including a bio-fortified variety having 50 percent Zinc (Zn) contents. It is pertinent to cite here that Zinc…

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Pak- China endorsed MOU to develop the Agriculture sector, especially in Biotechnology field (15/05/2015)

A China-Pakistan Trade and Investment Symposium were held at the Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing. On the occasion, the Chinese Ambassador, Masood Khalid while addressing stated that Chinese companies can team up with their Pakistani counterparts to develop agriculture sector, especially in biotechnology field by introducing new and innovative technologies, for the food security of…

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CLCV Resistant varieties of GM Cotton being investigated to boost cotton yield in Pakistan (15/05/2015)

Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) was the largest impediment to cotton maximization which has been overcome to some extent in Pakistan but it is still a hurdle for high yield of cotton crop. Sources in Ministry of Textile Industry said that Government has taken various measures to upgrade cotton production. CLCV resistant varieties of GM…

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