Correspondent Profile

National Correspondent Name:Dr. Malabika Roy Pathak
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Country:Kingdom of Bahrain
Organisation: Department of Life Sciences, Arabian Gulf University
Number of Members:One
IAPB related activities if any that you organise within your country/region e.g local meetings:
Conferences/events/meetings that you plan on attending this year or early next year:14th IABP Quadrennial Symposium from 19th-24th August in the city of Dublin
A short piece about the plant science sector/industry in your country:
Dr. Malabika Roy Pathak, Assistant Professor of Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, Department of Life Sciences, Arabian Gulf University, Kingdom of Bahrain. She did her Pd.D. research work in Department of Botany, Bose Institute, Kolkata and obtained her Ph.D. in Plant Science (1996) from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. India. She worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow in The Rockefeller Foundation supported International Rice Biotechnology Program, at Cornell University, New York, USA (1997-1999). Before joining in Arabian Gulf University (2003), She was Scientist (1999-2002), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (Government of India, New Delhi), and worked in the Department of Botany, Bose Institute, India. She received Young Scientist award and Research Grant (2002-2005) from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, New Delhi. Her research interest included study of abiotic stress physiology of plants, transgenic research, application of plant tissue culture technology in several field of application (cereal and legumes, economically important flowering plants, desert plants), DNA marker technology including DNA barcoding, molecular biology work on polyamine and date palm research. She guided M.Sc. thesis work of students. She published 16 articles in International peer reviewed journals and 4 book chapters. She attended several National and International Conferences and she is member of several plant scientific organization. Background of current research in Kingdom of Bahrain: The kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago of around 40 low laying numerous islets in  Persian Gulf with total land mass of about 728 km2. The climate is semiarid to arid, containing several hundred-plant species with declining biodiversity together with falling and diversifying agriculture practices with time. Water scarcity, poor soil, hot arid environment are the burning challenges in the agriculture of this Gulf Corporation Council Countries (GCCCs). Technological innovation and their application to progress environment sustainable agriculture practices has adopted to develop food security. Moreover, urbanization, socioeconomic changes in relation to discovery of oil, unsustainable utilization of natural resources, global climate change together with population pressure, etc., has great effect in the damage of natural plant diversity and loss of native plant species. In the history of civilization, these native plants are surviving in harsh desert for long time and considered as good source of gene pools of several economic interests such as food and medicine. Research on national biodiversity conservation and preservation of native plants of Bahrain in various aspects are on the way. The most economically important plant is Date palm in this island and the greatest exploration field of research at National level. Date palm has great economic significance for its unique nutritional and cultural values in the history of Bahrain since Dilmun Civilization as early as 6000 years ago.