PERSONAL PROFILE Name of Scientist: Designation: Present Status Qualification: Institute: Research Group: Professional Career: AISHA SHEREEN Principal Scientist Principal investigator Ph. D Nuclear Institute of Agriculture,Tandojam Rice screening/Stress Physiology Twenty-six years of research experience in plant Physiology, Email: [email protected] Title of on-going project (PI of the Project) Screening for salinity and water stress tolerance in rice (Oryza sativa L.) Objectives: Identification of salt tolerant high yielding rice genotypes for enhancing productivity of saline lands. To explore the genetic variability among lowland and upland types for identification of low water requiring rice genotypes. Identification of physiological traits contributing to stress tolerance for using in a breeding programme Scientific Recognition/Acknowledgment Co-supervisor of one M.Sc, one Ph.D student and supervised 4 internee of Sindh Agriculture University Tando jam Merit certificate was awarded on 28th may 2011 by director NIA, Tandojam Pakistan Council for Science and Technology has awarded Research productivity allowance 2011. Member of electronic editorial system of journal Plant, Soil and Environment. Reviewed research papers in scientific journals (PJAAEVS, Online Journal Plant Soil & Environment). Scientific Achievements: Involved in conducting basic and applied research related to enhancing crop productivity of sub-optimal lands by understanding stress tolerance physiology in major field crops i.e. rice, wheat, sunflower and soybean. Perfected mass scale screening techniques for salinity and water stress tolerance in rice, and identified some potential stress tolerant genotypes of rice, which possesses tolerance against salinity and water stress along with satisfactory yield for cultivation in stress prone areas. Identified some important physiological traits contributing to salinity tolerance for the genetic improvement of rice crop. These traits may be used in a breeding programme for transferring desirable genes. Established an effective and economic technology for fruit retention in mango (Mangifera indica L.). This technology is gaining popularity among orchard owners and proved helpful in increasing mango productivity by 15-30%. Generated theoretical knowledge of nutritional physiology and hormonal imbalances and their role on different growth and physiological processes with special relevance to salinity and water stress induced physiological disorder/adaptation in different crop plants for the management of salt affected/water deficit areas. Research output No. of No. of paper presented in Workshop Publication conferences/workshops/symposium organized 44 3 02 Impact Factor Popular articles 05 27.792 Involved In Projects : Worked as an Associate in the following funded projects. Growth physiology of soybean and associated changes in the nitrogen economy of soil as affected by substrate salinity. (FAO/IAEA). Nuclear techniques assisted management of salt affected lands and brackish waters in Pakistan (PARC). Australian woody species for saline sites in Asia (ACIAR). Induced mutation to improve salt tolerance in non-aromatic rice varieties (IAEA).