Experiment Shows UV Damage and Skin Cancer Can Be Prevented From Annatto Component

Investigators at the University of Arizona (Tucson, USA) based their research on recent studies that suggested a photoprotective role of gene expression in skin cells orchestrated by the transcription factor Nrf2 (nuclear factor-E2-related factor 2). They explored the molecular mechanism underlying carotenoid-based systemic skin photoprotection in the SKH-1 mouse model. A group of SKH-1 mice…

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PARC Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) recommended 14 new Rice Hybrids

The Rice Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) meeting was held on Tuesday, 9th February 2016 here at PARC Headquarters which was chaired by Dr.Ahmad Bakhsh Maher, Member (Plant Sciences) PARC and Chairman VEC. In this meeting, sixteen private seed companies were presented their rice hybrids proposals. The VEC rejected fifteen (15) rice hybrids due to poor paddy…

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Punjab Seed Council (PSC) sanction the new crops varieties

45th meeting of Punjab Seed Council (PSC) held on Thursday, 7th January, 2016 at Agriculture House, Lahore chaired by the Secretary Agriculture Muhammad Sheharyar Sultan. This meeting  was convened  for the approval of new varieties of different crops for general cultivation .In this meeting nine new varieties of different crops including three maize varieties and…

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PARC Sanctioned To Cultivate Hybrid Fodder Crops Commercially

The Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) meeting was held at PARC headquarters, in Islamabad. The Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) gave consent for the commercial cultivation of two newly developed hybrid varieties of fodder crops. These two varieties were developed and tested in pilot projects before finding them feasible for large-scale cultivation, officials say. Both hybrid…

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World Food Day 2015 celebrated with a motif “Social Protection and Agriculture; Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty”.

An event was organized by the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R), Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-UN), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to mark World Food Day (WFD), at National Agricultural Research Cent re (NARC)…

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U.S.-Pakistan wheat breeders’ cooperation develops unique pool of wheat genetics to fight wheat diseases

On Tuesday, 8th September, 2015; The Annual Wheat Planning and Wheat Productivity Enhancement Programme (WPEP) meeting held at National Agricultural Research Center (NARC).  The Wheat Productivity Enhancement Project (WPEP) has primary goal to protect and enhance the productivity of wheat in Pakistan, with particular attention to wheat rusts, which are difficult and expensive to treat with…

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Leishmaniasis can be treated with Selective Ribosome-Targeting Drug with Low Ototoxicity

In the new study, a team of researchers, led by Timor Baasov, professor at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel), investigated the structural basis for the targeting of leishmanial ribosomes by AGs and performed comparative testing of the potential clinical effectiveness and side-effects of new (semi-) synthetic derivatives of aminoglycoside paromomycin (PAR). In…

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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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