BHAKKAR-Bilal Ahmed, a PhD student and lecturer in Economics, University of Sargodha recently presented his work at the 4th international conference on "Poverty and Sustainable Development", a prestigious conference held in Sri Lanka every year.

Bilal was awarded prize for best presentation on use of multidimensional policy tool against poverty. His work, carried out with Dr Masood Sarwar Awan, UoS School of Business and Economics dean, explained the relationship between income and other dimensions of wellbeing in the context of Pakistan.

The conference was attended by leading research groups from all over the world, including teams from Ohio State University United States of America, University of Edinburgh United Kingdom, The University of Queensland Australia, Hiroshima University Japan and Hong Kong Shue Yan University Hong Kong, making his achievement all the more impressive.

On the other hand, UoS Bhakkar sub campus Director Dr Zafar Iqbal represented the university in the 5th International Conference on Agriculture and Fisheries held in Colombo, Sri Lanka the other day. AgriFish is South Asia's leading conference on agriculture, animal science, fisheries, veterinary science, horticulture and aquaculture.

This two-day annual conference featured presentations as well as a study tour to Agro Technology Park, central region of Sri Lanka. In his work entitled "Application of Nitric oxide and organic elicitors for Resistance Induction in Washington Navel orange against P. digitatum", he studied the variability amongst isolates of Penicillium digitatum and Penicillium italicum collected from Western Australia.

He also investigated the effect of different concentrations of nitric oxide (NO), salicylic acid (SA) and methyl jasmonate (MeJ) on P. digitatum causing green mould on Washington navel orange. His work was greatly acknowledged by well-known agriculturists from leading research institutes of different countries.