Dr. Muhammad Jafar Jaskani, is a Professor of Horticulture with a specialization in citrus genetics and breeding, and plant tissue culture. He completed Post-Doctoral Fellowship as Research Scientist at Kochang Watermelon Experiment Station, South Korea under KoFST Brain Pool Program (2003-05). He availed international trainings on molecular techniques and flow cytometry at University of Florida, USA and Partec, Germany, respectively. Dr. Jaskani published 161 international research articles in impact factor journals (overall 210 impact factor), 14 book chapters with highly reputed editors/publishers and edited 4 books/conference proceedings. Till date, he has supervised 12 PhD and 98 M.Sc. (Hons.) students as a major supervisor. Read More

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Dr. Jaskani served at different positions in the University of Agriculture Faisalabad like Officer Incharge Plant Tissue Culture Cell, Superintendent of a residential hostels, Associate Hall Warden, Executive Director Endowment Fund Secretariat, Chief Hall Warden, and Director Institute of Horticultural Sciences. He is also serving as member Board of Studies of Horticulture Departments in various Universities like Ghazi University, D.G. Khan, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Gomal University D.I. Khan, University of Poonch, Rawalakot.

Dr. Jaskani organized several conferences/workshops and participated in International Conferences/Workshops/trainings in South Korea, USA, Germany, Indonesia, Australia, and Oman. He had been member of important national and international scientific societies, including International Society for Horticultural Sciences (ISHS), Pakistan Society for Horticultural Sciences (PSHS), Korean Society for Horticultural Sciences (KSHS), Pakistan Botanical Society etc. He is member of Citrus Research and Development Board Punjab. Dr. Jaskani had been the Managing Editor of Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences (2009-19) and the journal obtained first ever Impact Factor 1.24. Currently he is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Global Innovations in Agricultural Sciences, a HEC approved, and Scopus indexed.

As a product of research, Dr. Jaskani pioneered the research on breeding seedless Kinnow mandarin, conservation and enhancement of citrus germplasm, introduction of new climate smart citrus rootstocks, citrus top-working (changing existing cultivars with new varieties), and establishment of disease-free citrus nursery model etc. Moreover, he worked on seedless watermelon, clonal propagation of guava, corm dormancy in gladiolus, micropropagation of fruit crops etc. This is one of the few research projects at UAF which are fit for a national as well as international patent application. He worked for several years to develop an R&D base by perfecting tissue culture techniques (micrografting) required for citrus virus disease management.

Dr. Jaskani vision is to open many opportunities for strengthening bilateral international relations. He had been working with Australia-Pak ASLP project for the development of citrus and mango production system. Dr. Jaskani visited University of California, Davis and Washington State University, Pullman, USA under the administrative exchange component of the project on US Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Agriculture and Food Security. This activity developed collaboration with the Center for Educational Effectiveness at UC Davis to establish Teaching Resource Centre (TRC) at UAF. He established a China-Pak Horticulture Research and Development Center at UAF.

Dr. Jaskani believes in quality education and research, and core ethical and social values in higher education. He is used to provide congenial environment to faculty and supporting staff to work in a befitting manner.