PAU Scientist Secures Coveted Funding for Tomato Disease Research

by Parminder Singh Sodhi

In a remarkable achievement, Dr. Manisha Dubey, a Senior Scientist at the Department of Vegetable Science, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), has clinched a prestigious project worth Rs 1.06 crore from the Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi. The project, awarded under DST WISE-WIDUSHI (Women’s Instinct for Developing and Ushering Scientific Heights and Innovation), marks a significant milestone in Dr. Dubey’s illustrious career.

As the principal investigator, Dr. Dubey will spearhead five years of intensive research focused on “Gene pyramiding for resistance to ToLCV Begomo virus spp and RKN Meloidogyne spp diseases in cherry tomato through MAS.” This cutting-edge research aims to combat the challenges posed by two destructive pathogens affecting cherry tomatoes. Dr. SK Jindal, Principal Vegetable Breeder, joins Dr. Dubey as the Co-PI of this esteemed DST project.

This isn’t Dr. Dubey’s first rodeo in securing funding and recognition for her groundbreaking research. In fact, it’s her fourth project from DST, New Delhi, a testament to her expertise and dedication in the field of agricultural science.

With over 15 years of research experience under her belt, Dr. Dubey is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery. Her impressive portfolio boasts 46 publications, reflecting her commitment to advancing knowledge and finding practical solutions to real-world problems in agriculture.

The significance of this latest project extends beyond the confines of academia. By addressing the critical issue of plant diseases that threaten tomato crops, Dr. Dubey’s research has the potential to revolutionize agricultural practices and safeguard food security.

In a statement, Dr. Dubey expressed her gratitude for the opportunity and emphasized the collaborative effort required to tackle complex challenges in agriculture. She also highlighted the importance of empowering women in science and promoting inclusivity within research communities.

As Dr. Dubey embarks on this ambitious research journey, her endeavors serve as an inspiration to aspiring scientists and underscore the pivotal role of research in driving innovation and sustainable development.

The funding secured by Dr. Dubey not only fuels scientific progress but also underscores the importance of investing in research that addresses pressing agricultural challenges. With her expertise and dedication, Dr. Dubey is poised to make significant strides in combating tomato diseases, thereby contributing to the resilience and productivity of agricultural systems.

Parminder Singh Sodhi

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