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Dr Dharminder Pathak, Principal Cotton Breeder, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), was conferred with “Rao Bahadur V Ramanatha Iyer Award” during the 9th Asian Cotton Research and Development Network Meeting and International Conference on the theme “Innovations for a Resilient and Sustainable Cotton Production and Viable Value Chain,” held at ICAR- Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai from December 6-8, 2023. The award has been instituted by the Indian Society for Cotton Improvement, Mumbai. Dr Pathak, who was awarded for his outstanding contributions to cotton breeding, has more than 20 cotton varieties to his credit and is actively engaged in the exploitation of related species for the genetic enhancement of cotton. His research papers have been published in high impact factor journals.

Meanwhile, a poster entitled “Genetic variation for fiber quality traits in the interspecific backcross derivatives of cotton” received the “Best Poster Award” during the conference. The paper has been jointly authored by Veerpal, Dharminder Pathak, Salil Jindal, Pankaj Rathore and Hamid Hasan. The research has been conducted by Ms Veerpal under the guidance of her Major Advisor Dr Dharminder Pathak, Principal Cotton Breeder.

Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, Vice-Chancellor, PAU; Dr AS Dhatt, Director of Research; and Dr VS Sohu, Head, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, congratulated Dr Pathak, PAU student and scientists for winning the accolades at international conference and extended them best wishes for their future endeavor’s.

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