By Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL: A 5 days International Conference of Botany 2018 on Digitization and Documentation of Plant & Natural Resources in Chitral organized by Department of Botany University of Chitral with the collaboration of Islamia College University Peshawar and Pakistan Botanical society. The conference was inaugurated by Dr. Mary Elizebeth Bark Worth, Director Intermountain herbarium Utah State university Logan USA who cut the ribbon and opened the session. Deputy Commissioner Chitral Irshad Ali Sodhar was also present along with the chief guest Dr Mary.
Registration was held by Dr. Muhammad Romman. The conference was started with the recitation from the Holqy Quran by Mufti Qari Fida Muhammad. Project Director of Chitral university Prof Dr. Badshah Munir Bukhari welcome to the all distinguished guests and scholars especially those experts who came from abroad ( 6 countries) having Ph.D Degrees on the relevant subject.
Professor Dr Sirajuddin Chairman department of Botany University of Peshawar presented his paper ( Research theses) on overview of climate change. He briefed the participants how climate change in the world and what they impact plants and natural resources.
Professor Doctor Zhang Faqi North West Institute of Plateau Biology Chinese academy of Sciences China delivered his paper on Phylogeography and allopatric divergence of Lancea Tibetica (Mazaceae) on the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau.
Prof Dr. Rabia Asma Memon Institute of Plant Sciences University of Sindh delivered her paper on conservation of plant Biodiversity of Thar Desert South Pakistan through botanical gardens.
Prof. Dr. Haider Ali Department of Botany University of Swat produces his papers on Chitral plant exploration. He said that a vegetable cum medicinal plant carilluma tubercula locally known as Pamanky a precious vegetable selling 300 rupees per kilogram which can improve our economic condition if grow it on large scale.
Prof. Dr. Tour Jan department of Botany University of Malakand delivered his paper on Cryopreservation. He said this plant is remedy of cancer diseases and using for its treatment.
Prof Zahoorul Haq department of Botany Quaide Azam University Islamabad presented his paper on In Vitro And In Vivo Propagation of Monotheca buxifolia ( Falc) a compressive study.
Prof. Dr. Mary E Barkworth again presented her paper and research work on Data sharing maximizing impact facilitating research and outreach.
Deputy commissioner Chitra highly hailed efforts of Prof Dr. Badshah Munir Bukhari for conducting this international conference on documentation of plants and natural resources. He said that Chitral having rich potential of plants and natural resources but its need of exposing, research, as well as to introduce it on large scale. He said that these plants and natural resources not only play role in pleasant environment of Chitral but also can eradicate poverty if they use on commercial basis. A large number of scholars, students, teachers and people belonging to all walk of life participated in this fruitful conference. The conference will be continue to April 2.