Plant biologist and Panjab University (PU) professor Harsh Nayyar has entered into scientific collaborations with International Centre for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), Morocco, to work on effects of climate change on agricultural crops in dry areas.
Professor Nayyar specialises in environmental stresses. Earlier, Nayyar was able to establish scientific collaborations with international organisations like University of Western Australia, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia, International Crops Research Institute for Semiarid Tropics, Hyderabad, and World Vegetable Centre to work on effects of climate change on agricultural crops.
As part of the collaborations, Nayyar and his team would work to identify new sources of stress resistance and development of varieties of pulses having higher resilience for changing climatic conditions in the near future, which would be beneficial for the collaborating countries.
Nayyar’s focus of work for the last several years had been on leguminous crops, commonly known as pulses, to develop cold, heat, drought and salt tolerance in them, so that they are able to withstand the adverse environmental conditions due to rapidly changing climate.