PAU Awarded A Project to Study Heat Stress Tolerance in Wheat
The School of Agricultural Biotechnology (SAB), Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has been awarded a research project entitled “Exploiting alien genetic resources for developing climate resilient wheat and understanding mechanism of heat tolerance” in collaboration with Indian Institute of Wheat and barley Research (IIWBR), Karnal and National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB), New Delhi, at a total cost of Rs 133.31 lakh.
Dr Satinder Kaur, Assistant Molecular Biologist (SAB) and her team comprising Dr Uttam Kumar, Borlaug Institute for South Asia, Ludhiana; Dr GS Mavi and Dr Puja Srivastava, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics; and Dr Inderjit Singh, SAB, will work on identification, mapping and validation of novel QTL (quantitative trait loci) of heat stress tolerance in wheat lines carrying small chromosomal segments of wild wheat Ae. speltoides.
Dr Navtej Singh Bains, Director of Research, lauded the efforts of Dr Satinder and her team and encouraged them to make conscientious efforts to develop wheat with increased tolerance to heat stress.
Dr Parveen Chhuneja, Director, School of Agricultural Biotechnology, congratulated the scientists.