A doctor of philosophy (PhD) student of the department of plant pathology at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ritu Rani, has been awarded with a scholarship by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Manila, Philippines.
The scholarship will enable Rani to conduct a part of her PhD research for a period of four months under the supervision of Dr Bo Zhou, scientist, plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology division, IRRI, Manila.
She is working on "Variability in ustilaginoidea virens causing false smut of rice and identification of resistance sources" under the guidance of Vineet Kumar Sharma. PPS Pannu and Jagjeet Singh Lore, PAU, are her co-advisers.
Baldev Singh Dhillion, vice-chancellor, PAU, congratulated Rani and her adviser for this accomplishment.
Hailing the achievement, Pushpinder Pal Singh, head, department of plant pathology expressed his profound gratitude to DS Brar, a renowned rice breeder and honorary adjunct professor, School of Agricultural Biotechnology, PAU, Ludhiana, for his guidance in this international collaboration.