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Muhammad Sarwar Khan

University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Dr. Khan is an internationally well known molecular biotechnologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He has received prestigious national awards such as the Biotechnologist Year Award from the Government of Pakistan and the Gold Medal by the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He is a member of The Science Advisory Board, USA.


Citrus Genus Species Cultivars Breeding Genetics Biotechnology Nutrition Value Addition Breeding Insect-pest Management Disease Management

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Citrus is one of the most cultivated fruits in the world, predominantly grown in tropical and subtropical regions in more than 130 countries. Citrus is mainly consumed as fruit flesh and juices. The genus ‘Citrus’ consists of an uncertain number of species, which is a rich source of the genetic pool. Modern citrus varieties have been developed through intraspecific and interspecific crosses using clonal propagation. Modern approaches like next-generation sequencing, proteogenomics, metabolomics, etc. provide a wider scope for breeders, geneticists, physiologists, biotechnologists and genomicists for genetic improvement and disease management.

This book will provide a broader platform to discuss issues, advancement in the technologies and solutions to the problems of the citrus industry. Hence, the key features of the book that will broadly be, but not be limited to:

- Production Technology and Advancements
- Breeding and Molecular Breeding
- Tissue Culture and Somatic Hybrids
- Diseases and their Management
- Value Addition
- Genomics, Genetics, and Biotechnology
- Whole-Genome Sequencing and QTL mapping
- Genetic transformation and trait development, etc

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Date completed: September 7th 2020

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Expected publication date: April 23rd 2021

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Muhammad Sarwar Khan

University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Muhammad Sarwar Khan is currently serving as Professor and Director at the Center of Agricultural Biochemistry and Biotechnology (CABB), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan. He has earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Horticulture with a major thesis on Citrus Tissue Culture. Mr. Khan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK. Afterward, the Rockefeller foundation fellowship under a Biotechnology Program for Developing Countries to research at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers, USA was awarded to him. His first-of-its-kind research was published in Nature Biotechnology. Dr. Khan has served as the founding group leader of Chloroplast Transformation and Biopharming, and as the head of the Biotech Interdisciplinary Division at NIBGE. Dr. Khan has supervised more than 100 Ph.D., M-Phil students, and researchers. He has published more than 100 articles in high impact journals, including Nature, and is the author of several book chapters and books. Dr. Khan also pioneered plastid transformation in rice and sugarcane, recalcitrant plant species. He has also knocked out several genes from the chloroplast genome of higher plants. His current research interests include the development of edible-marker-carrying transgenics, cost-effective therapeutics, and edible vaccines for animals. Further, his research group is carrying out research projects, in collaboration or alone, on genetic improvement of field and horticultural crops. Furthermore, his research group is working on various projects like whole-genome sequencing, proteogenomics, etc. Dr. Khan Dr. Khan has received prestigious national and international awards and is on the Editorial Boards of several international scientific journals.

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