To share the knowledge of leading scientists, working in various disciplines of Plant Pathology from all over the Pakistan.

  • To elaborate the recent trends in Plant Pathology through oral/ poster presentations and panel discussions etc.
  • To provide a forum for exchange of views and development of long-term linkages among scientists.
  • To suggest recommendations for Plant Pathological problems for crop health improvement in Pakistan and compiling all the information in the form of a proceedings of the conference.



Day 1: Monday 28-11-2011
Inaugural session of 8th National Conference of Pakistan Phytopathological Society at 10:30 am was started with the recitation of Holy Quran by Hafiz Rizwan Bashir. Naate Rasoole Maqbool was presented by Dr. Muhammad Atiq, Assistant Professor Plant Pathology.
Dr. Mumtaz Hussain (President of Pakistan Phytopathological Society) welcomed the participants, chief guest and the guest of honour of the conference. Key note address was delivered by Dr. Sardar M. Mughal, a renowned Plant Pathologist of Pakistan. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Iqrar Ahmed Khan (SI), chief guest presented the objectives of 8th National Conference of Pakistan Phytopathological Society with special reference to Golden Jubilee Celebrations. After this Prof. Dr. Ashfaq (TI), Dean Faculty of Agriculture Faisalabad, Convener Golden Jubilee Celebrations presented his address and distributed shields. Dr. Nazir Javed, Chairman of the Department presented Vote of Thanks to all the guests and participants. A large number of participants from university as well as from other institutes came to grace the inaugural session. Tea was served at 11:00 am for all the guests and participants.


Technical sessions were conducted at video conference room and old senate hall simultaneously just after the tae at 11:30. The first technical session 1A ((Characterization, Biology and Management of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria and Viruses) was chaired by Prof. Dr. Sardar Muhammad Mughal and 1B (Characterization, Biology and Management of Plant Parasitic Nematodes) chaired by Dr. Shahina Fayyaz in old senate hall and video conference room respectively In video conference room Dr. Shahina Fayyaz presented leading paper entitled “Challenges and options for plant health management by nematodes” in Video Conference Room and Dr. Saleem Haider presented leading paper entitled ” A study of begmoviruses from Malvaceous hosts and use of RNAi approach for their control.” in Old Senate Hall. At the end of first session there was a prayer and lunch break at 1:30 to 2.30 pm.


Second technical sessions IIA (Distribution, Incidence, Biology and Management of Citrus Diseases) and IIB (Distribution, Incidence, Biology and Management of Mango Diseases) started at 2.30 pm in old senate hall and video conference room which were chaired by Prof. Dr. Riaz Ahmad Chohan and Dr. Farhat Fatima Jamil. During these sessions leading papers were presented by Mr. Muhammad Amin entitled “Issues and advances of post harvest disease management of mango” in Video Conference Room and Dr. Sajid Aleem Khan entitled “Synergistic effect of Fusarium semitectum and  Tylenchulus semipenetrans in citrus decline” in Old Senate Hall respectively. First day 26 speakers presented their research work in four technical sessions. The first day activities closed at 4.30 pm. Then participants were served with tea. After the tea break, a cultural show was arranged by Young Phytodoctors Forum.           

Day 2: Tuesday 29-11-2011
The proceeding of second day was started with recitation of Holy Quran by Dr. Shahbaz Talib Sahi at 9:00 am. Third technical sessions IIIA (Occurrence, Incidence and Distribution of Fungal Diseases of Plants) and IIIB (Chemotherapy of fungal diseases and varietal screening of crop germplasm) were chaired by Dr. Sultan Mahmood Khan and Dr. Ghulam Mohy-ud-Din, respectively in old senate hall and video conference respectively. Leading papers entitled “Screening of genetic material of mong against collar rot caused by Phytophthora megasperma” by Mr. Inam Ul Haq in Video Conference Room and “Release of Chont No.1 in Afghanistan, threat to sustainable wheat production in region” by Dr. Shamadad Khan Khanzada in Old Senate Hall. Different researchers presented their papers on different aspects of Plant Pathology. 


There was a tea break at 11:00 am. After tea break 4th technical session IVA (Seed & Seedling Pathology and Macrofungi) and IVB (Management of Fungal Plant Diseases through Plant Extracts) were again started and chaired by Dr. Saleem Shahzad and Dr. Arshad Javed. In these sessions Dr. Saleem Shahzad presented the leading paper entitled “Interaction between soil born root pathogens” in Video Conference Room and Faheem Arshad presented leading paper entitled “Effect of different Agro-industrial waste on the growth of oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) in Old Senate Hall. After 4th session, a business session was conducted by Dr. S. T. Sahi (General Secretary, Pakistan Phytopathological Society). This session was also concluded by Dean, Faculty of Agriculture successfully and participants went for lunch.

Well known scientists/speakers from different disciplines of Plant Pathology (Bacteriology, Mycology, Nematology, Virology, Molecular Plant Pathology, Integrated management of plant diseases, Seed pathology etc) gathered in 8th National Conference of Pakistan Phytopathological Society. The conference helped the participants to understand plant pathological problems.
Conference was very productive and valuable regarding knowledge sharing about plant pathological problems and their management because the knowledge delivered by the resource persons was new to most of the participants.


The question answer sessions of the conference were helpful to create understanding about problem. Over all it was very learning and informative for all participants.
Results of the impact Assessment:
8th National Conference of Pakistan Phytopathological Society led young scientists to work in proper direction for diagnosis of pathological problem in plants caused by different pathogens and their management.
Conference provided a forum to share their experiences and ideas to meet options and challenges for disease management. The ultimate outcome was to opt sustainable and integrated management practices.