Dr. Christian Brecht, Consul General and Mrs.
Gudrun Haider, Vice Consul of the Federal
Republic of Germany at Karachi, visited the Institute
of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (ISHU), University
of Karachi on March 30, 2010. He was briefed
about the ongoing activities and shown around
the Institute by the director- Dr. M.Ajmal Khan.
The Consul General was impressed by the facilities
available here for research and by the work being
done including the efforts on gainful utilization
of halophytes- plants of saline environments,
for use as animal fodder, edible oil, medicines,
biofuel/bio-diesel etc. Dr. H-W. Koyro
from Justus-Leibig University, Germany, visiting
ISHU under a bilateral collaboration between Pakistan
and Germany was also present on the occasion.
Dr. Brecht was pleased to know that this programme
is helping in promoting close relationship between
the scientists of our two countries.
The Consul General was told that research on
the use of halophytes as animal fodder is complete
in all respects covering aspects of growing the
target plant species in the field and conducting
animal feeding trials and that an application
for patenting the system has been filed. Appreciating
these efforts, Dr. Brecht offered to use his good
office in trying to help develop liaison between
the University and relevant parties for adopting
this research on commercial scale.