Book on soil microbe launched

Book published by the HEC is the first book on this topic.

Express April 18, 2011


Punjab University (PU) Institute of Plant Pathology (IPP) faculty member Prof Dr Ghazala Nasim’s book, Glomalean Spore Flora of Pakistan, has been published by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). This is the first book on this topic published in the country.

The book examines the few centimetres of soil on which plants, animals and humans depend. This soil is a hub of microbial activity. The microbes are responsible for the physical and nutritional quality of the soil for supporting plan growth. Arbuscular mycorrhizae (AM) play a vital role in the growth. AM form associations with more than 95 per cent of land plants.

Research on mycorrhizae started in the 1970s by Dr AG Khan. Dr SH Iqbal, Dr Rukhsana Bajwa and Dr Ghazala Nasim followed with more research on the subject. The data in Dr Nasim’s book has been presented to elucidate the nature of relationships in grasses from the moist Himalayan forests.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th,  2011.


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