LAHORE - Survival of the fittest is buzz word in this age and wars are now fought in modern research laboratories rather than traditional wars on borders.

This was stated by Chief Executive Punjab Agriculture Research Board Dr Mubarik Ali at an inaugural session of two-day national conference on “Nanotechnology-Its application in Animal Production and Health” organised by University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology and sponsored by Higher Education Commission at conference hall.

CEO PARB Dr Mubarik Ali said the time had gone when the wars were fought in battle field with maximum strength of healthy soldiers adding that the survival of the country was dependent on scientific and innovative research force. He said nanotechnology was expected to revolutionise both science and society in various perspectives. He explained that the scientists did not pay heed on scientific research to increase the production. That’s why neighbouring countries were expanding market share through surplus production to compete Pakistan’s export. Dr Mubarik Ali maintained that Pakistan’s economic situation was not stable because exports did not increase. He regretted that the nation was not moving fast towards nanotechnology.

UVAS Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said nanotechnology had tremendous potential to revolutionise livestock sector especially animal production and health. Prof Pasha said it could provide new tools for molecular and cellular biology, biotechnology, veterinary physiology, animal genetics and reproduction to invite the scientists to handle biological materials. The VC said biochips could also be used to trace the source of food and feeds to detect the presence of animal products from different species as a means to locate the source of pathogens a response to public health threats disease. Dr Pasha said the conference was intended to disseminate the conventional and the latest trends in Nanotechnology for scientists who would like to acquire a comprehensive overview of this field in Pakistan. Later, Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha presented souvenirs to Dr Mubarik Ali.