It was established in 1995-96 under the ADP project entitled “research on wheat crop in Punjab”. This substation provides the opportunity to carry out the breeding and pathology research throughout the year. It provides the ideal condition for screening of advanced breeding material against new yellow, leaf rust and stem rust races, rust resistant gene population and identification of adult plant resistance genes. Double haploid technology is the latest wheat breeding tool to evolve new wheat varieties. This method is feasible and economical to develop wide diversified wheat material with desirable genetic back ground in the shortest period. As the work of double haploid need continuation in its process but during the month of May-July is not possible to continue at Faisalabad due to high temperature. Therefore this substation is inevitable for double haploid studies (wheat X Maize) also.
Following are the research activities of the station:
Summer Wheat Screening Against Rusts
The aim of this nursery is to screen the germplasm against rusts. Selected material is also harvested and sent back to WRI, Faisalabad.
Identification of Rust Races
The rust specimens collected from various locations of Punjab are sent to Murree substation for race analysis.
Inoculum is collected from Murree and Kaghan during summer season and multiplied at Faisalabad on Morocco (spreader). The rust spores trapped on early planted nursery are also multiplied and disseminated on filial generation (F1-F6) and on local & exotic nurseries for screening / selection of resistant wheat materials.
Assistant Research Officer