24-MAR-2019: Prof Altaf attends SANH meeting
Aligarh, March 24 Professor Altaf Ahmad of the Department of Botany attended the inception meeting of the South Asian Nitrogen Hub (SANH) recently at Kathmandu, Nepal and presented his project plan for five years on ?Stage-specific and genotype-specific proteome analysis of rice at varied levels of nitrogen supply?.
The South Asian Nitrogen Hub, comprising around 50 organisations from across the UK and South Asia, is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under its Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to tackle the challenge that nitrogen pollution poses for the environment, food security, human health and the economy in South Asia.
The UKRIGCRF South Asian Nitrogen Hub will study the impacts of the different forms of pollution to form a coherent picture of the nitrogen cycle.
In particular, it will look at nitrogen in agriculture in eight countries ? India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives. The Hub?s recommendations will support cleaner and more profitable farming, as well as industrial recycling of nitrogen, fostering development of a cleaner circular economy for nitrogen. This Hub has been awarded £19.6 million over the next five years. Eighteen research institutions in India are among a group of 50 institutions.
The Aligarh Muslim University has become one of the Indian partners in which Prof Altaf will use proteomics approach to identify the molecular basis of differing nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) between rice cultivars, thereby significantly contributing to identification of candidate genes for NUE and breeding strategies.
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