Research At Center:
The centre has an international reputation for research in ‘Biosaline/Saline Agriculture’. The research conducted covers a wide spectrum of saline agriculture from direct selection of salt tolerant germplasm of various crop species and trees to the use of molecular biology and other biotechnological approaches to improve salt tolerance in plant species with special focus on field crops. The international standing of the centre’s research was confirmed by fundings and collaboration with organizations like ODA (Dfid), BOSTID (USA), ACIAR (Australia), AusAID, UNDP, IWASRI and PARC. The centre is also collaborating in various research projects with ICBA, UAE and CAZS-Natural resources, UK
Saline Agriculture Research Centre carries research across the University’s fields and farm stations as well as farmers fields. Some staff in the Centre of Advanced study in Applied Genetics and Saline Agriculture is also involved with us in various combined projects and other research activities.
We are trying to improve our understanding of natural and agricultural ecosystems and to develop new plant based land use systems that lessen the economic, environmental and social impact of salinity.
Taking advantage of the multipurpose research facilities at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan and previous experiences at farmer’s fields under various national and international projects, SARC is promoting a practicle multidisciplinary approach to enhance the profitability of the salt-affected areas through ‘Saline Agriculture’ approach to increase yield on affected soils. Thus, while land is being remediated, enabling them (farmers) to be part of the remediation processes, made this strategy extremely successful in remediation of such degraded land of the country.
Our research is based on multi-disciplinary themes, which involve plant breeding, plant biotechnology and Agronomy. For this we have collaborations with other parts of the University or with other universities and research institutes in the Pakistan, UK and throughout the world. Our main research themes are:-
- Stress physiology
- Ecology & Functional Biology
- Molecular Genetics
- Plant Science
- Agronomy or crop production Technology