Research Group    Oilseed Brassica

Introduction Group composition
Research program Activities of the group
Research grants Outreach

The overall aim of the research program is to develop genetically superior rapeseed (Brassica napus & Brassica campestris) and mustard cultivars (Brassica Juncea) suitable for a wide range of environments throughout Pakistan. Specific research objectives are:

  • To develop locally adapted high yielding canola type varieties of rapeseed and mustard through induced mutations, classical breeding and biotechnological techniques.
  • To investigate and develop efficient breeding & quality analysis procedures for developing superior Brassica oilseed cultivars.
  • To develop oilseed Brassica genotypes suitable for industrial processing.
  • Broaden genetic base and introgress stress tolerance and other desirable traits in local varieties using interspecific and intraspecific hybridization.
Group Composition  
  1. Mr. Hafiz Munir Ahmed, PS (Group Leader)
  2. Mr. Khurshid Ahmad, JS
Current Research Programme  
  • Improvement of rapeseed and mustard for yield and quality by induced mutations, classical breeding and in vitro techniques.
  • Development of oilseed Brassica genotypes for industrial uses through induced mutations, classical breeding and In vitro culture techniques.
  • Analysis of Oilseeds for quality traits through the use of Gas Chromatographic and non-destructive Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS) techniques.
Activities of the group  

The core objective of the oilseed brassica group is to develop genetically improved varieties of rapeseed and mustard endowed with high seed yield and better oil quality. This group has so far evolved three varieties of rapeseed (Abasin-95; Durr-e-NIFA and NIFA Gold) and one Same as given of mustard (NIFA Raya). Part of the mission of the Oilseed research group is to supply the farming community and industry with vast wealth of generated knowledge and research findings. It is being done by publishing research papers/newspaper articles, field days, scientific exhibition and supply  of quality seed of the released varieties.

Research grants  


  1. Development of canola quality Mustard (Brassica juncea L.) genotypes. 2002-05. ALP, PARC, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  2. Quality characterization of oilseed crops through NIRS. 2004-07. ALP, PARC, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  3. Development of rapeseed and mustard genotypes for industrial uses by induced mutations and classical breeding techniques. 2004-07. PSF, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  4. Development of locally adapted canola (Brassica napus L.)F1 hybrids using induced mutations and doubled haploidy techniques.2013-2015. PSF, Islamabad, Pakistan.


  1. Improvement of rapeseed and mustard for yield and quality by induced mutations and classical breeding. 1989-93. IAEA, Vienna, Austria.
  2. Improvement of oilseed Brassica (B. juncea) for high yield and canola quality through nuclear and recombination.1995-96. IAEA, Vienna, Austria.
  3. Development of rapeseed and mustard genotypes for industrial applications by induced mutations, classical breeding and in vitro culture techniques. 1996-99. IAEA, Vienna, Austria.
  4. Development of drought/heat tolerant canola mutants. 1999-02. IAEA, Vienna, Austria.
  5. Plant Mutation Breeding of Bio-energy Crops for Optimizing Marginal Land Productivity-RAS/05/070. Technical Cooperation Project (2015-2018), IAEA, Vienna, Austria.
  6. Exploitation of physical mapping technologies for breeding of canola mutants in oilseed brassicas. 2003-08. IAEA, Vienna, Austria.
Outreach/extension services  
  • On-Farm Training--- Regularly holds FARMERS’ FIELD DAYS at NIFA to display the performance of crop varieties developed by the plant breeders.
  • Plantation of demonstration plots at progressive farmers’ field to popularize oilseed brassica varieties of NIFA. It also provides opportunities to extend/disseminate production technology packages/crop husbandry practices to the stake holders.


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